A bomb seriously damaged an army research centre at the University of Wisconsin at Madison early on Monday morning, killing a graduate student and injuring three other people.
A bomb seriously damaged an army research centre at the University of Wisconsin at Madison early on Monday morning, killing a graduate student and injuring three other people. A South African student who was lightly injured in the explosion, 27-year-old David Schuster, later told reporters how it disturbed his sleep, and how he woke up under a pile of debris.
The dead student was identified as Robert Fassnacht, aged 30, the father of three children. He had been working late on a project in the mathematics research centre, which is heavily supported by U.S. army funds.
Police Lieutenant Kenneth Buss said he received a telephone call at 3.40 a.m. local time (08 40 GMT) from someone unknown. A male voice said "Hey, pigs, there's a bomb in the math research centre on the U.W. campus. Clear it."
He added that at 3.42 a.m. the building exploded, and there was a flash fire. Windows were shattered six blocks away. The building housed expensive computers and nuclear equipment, and had been the object of several anti-war demonstrations. No estimate of damage was made immediately, but officials said it would be many months before experiments and projects could be re-assembled.
One of the three students who were lightly injured in the blast, South African David Schuster, later spoke about the experience.