Freshmen charged after allegedly planting bombs

Updated: November 10, 2004, 4:43 PM ET
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Two Michigan State football players were arrested and charged with possessing a dangerous chemical compound after they allegedly planted homemade "MacGyver bombs" bombs that blew up outside campus apartments.

Terry Love and Irving Campbell, both 19-year-old redshirt freshmen receivers, were arrested just after midnight Tuesday morning as they left the scene of the first explosion, campus police said. When police arrived, they found Love walking away from the scene and Campbell running away. While the two were being apprehended, a second bomb exploded.

A third bomb was detonated by the campus police bomb squad.

The men said they planted the bombs in Spartan Village as a prank, campus police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said.

"MacGyver bombs" usually are plastic bottles filled with a chemical and aluminum foil that react and cause an explosion.

No one was hurt and there was no property damage, McGlothian-Taylor said. The players were released on $500 bond after being arraigned Tuesday.

If convicted of the misdemeanor, both could face up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine, McGlothian-Taylor said.

Coach John L. Smith will let the legal process play out and then decide if any disciplinary action is needed, assistant athletic director John Lewandowski said.

Love has 19 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown this season. Campbell has not caught a pass.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.