Two male students from Saint Joseph’s College have been charged with criminal use of explosives after they were caught throwing acid bombs from their second-story dorm window Wednesday.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office charged Victor Santos, 18, of Framingham, Mass., and Brandon Ward, 19, of Houlton, after they allegedly threw three acid bombs and two of the devices exploded near an emergency exit at Standish Hall.

Fire marshals were called to the campus in Standish by college security after the incident was reported late Wednesday afternoon.

An acid bomb is usually made from household solvents placed inside a plastic soda bottle that explodes in a chemical reaction. The acidic spray can cause injury to anyone who comes in contact with it.

No one was injured in the incident, although there were more than 100 students in the building at the time.

Santos and Ward are both freshmen. They were summoned to Cumberland County Superior Court for an appearance on April 16.


Officials at Saint Joseph’s College issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying the school was cooperating with authorities and that it was looking into disciplinary action against the students.

“Saint Joseph’s College takes criminal and otherwise harmful incidences with the utmost importance, placing the safety and well-being of the campus population at the forefront,” according to the statement.

“The college has an explicit policy on such matters, and a judicial process is underway with the concerned parties. Saint Joseph’s College continues to cooperate with the state Fire Marshal’s Office, the Cumberland County Sherriff’s Office, and the Department of Public Safety.”

This story was updated at 9:23 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014 to correct the location of Saint Joseph’s campus.

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