ATLANTA – A Georgia Tech (search) freshman has been arrested after confessing to making a bottle bomb that exploded in a campus courtyard and led to the evacuation of two dormitories, authorities said.
Theodore Hollot (search), 18, came forward Tuesday and told police he had made several bombs in his room and tossed them into a courtyard near his dorm.
The engineering major was charged with possession of destructive devices and reckless conduct, said Amelia Gambino (search), a spokeswoman for university police.
Hollot was placed on interim suspension and faces a disciplinary hearing, Gambino said.
About 100 students were evacuated from two residence halls Monday morning after a janitor picking up trash in the courtyard pulled out a bottle from the bushes and it exploded. The janitor was taken to a medical clinic for evaluation but suffered no serious injuries, Gambino said.
Two more bottles were found and detonated by Atlanta police. Gambino said Hollot told police that he threw as many as 12 from his room but retrieved the others after the commotion caused Monday, when he was in class.
Gambino said investigators were still trying to determine what made the bottle explode.