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UC Davis chemistry researcher arrested after explosion on campus

January 20, 2013 |  7:13 am

A UC Davis chemistry researcher has been arrested in connection with a blast on the campus Thursday that prompted an evacuation.

David Synder, 32, was taken into custody Saturday, UC Davis police said.

Police said they found a large amount of chemicals in Snyder's UC Davis apartment. However, police also noted that they did not believe Snyder planned to use the materials to hurt anyone.

“While we have no information to suggest that Mr. Snyder was plotting some broader crime on the campus, in today’s environment the potential safety risk to the community must be taken extremely seriously,” UC Davis Police Chief Matt Carmichael said in a statement Saturday.

Snyder was hurt in the blast and treated at a hospital.

Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UC Davis in 2004, then a doctorate in chemistry in 2011. He was working at UC Davis as a junior researcher.

After the blast, 74 UC Davis students had to be evacuated. 


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