Alkek disturbance caused by fireworks, police say

Assistant News Editor

University Police Department (UPD) officers investigated “possible gun shots” near the library early Wednesday afternoon.

“At 3:12 p.m., a call came in saying there were possible shots fired by the Math (and) Computer Science building into Alkek (Library),” said Brian Carpenter, UPD sergeant.

Mondy Hobbs, public relations senior, was studying on the seventh floor of Alkek when she heard the noises.

“All of a sudden we heard really loud bangs,” Hobbs said.

She said the sound seemed to be coming from the roof of the library. The noise was loud enough to disturb everyone in the vicinity.

“It startled everyone on the seventh floor,” Hobbs said. “We looked up at the same time and looked at each other like, ‘What the heck was that?’”

Hobbs never considered the noise to be possible gunshots despite the report in the initial call to UPD.

“It scared me, but I honestly thought it was construction on top of the roof,” Hobbs said.

Witnesses told UPD officers they saw people throw something into nearby bushes, Carpenter said. Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs and smelled a sulfur-like odor.

“What (UPD) concluded was possible fireworks in the area,” Carpenter said.

No remnants of fireworks were found by UPD, he said.

Some witnesses reported seeing fireworks falling off of the roof of the Math and Computer Science Building. Carpenter said officers found no indication to support the claim.

“All accesses to the roof were locked and secured, so nobody was up on the roof,” Carpenter said.

No evidence suggests the noises heard Wednesday were related to the possible gunshots reported between J. C. Kellam and the Freeman Aquatic Biology Building April 13, Carpenter said.