University professor suspects bomb in package, calls police

Tim Sturrock

The Minneapolis police bomb squad was called to the Carlson School of Management on Sunday after a professor became suspicious of a package he received, said University police Sgt. Brad Herberg.

Professor Alfred Marcus said he overreacted, although he would not elaborate.

“I made a mistake, and in the present situation it’s very easy to make a mistake,” he said, referring to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Herberg said Marcus told officers the package was marked “Jordanian Candies” and came from a former student disgruntled with the school but on good terms with Marcus.

As Marcus began to open the package, he told police he became nervous and called the University police.

The bomb squad brought an
X-ray machine and quickly found the package harmless, Herberg said.

Monday marks the second time the Minneapolis bomb squad has examined a suspicious package on campus.

Herberg said he understood Marcus’s concern in light of past letter bombs sent to other universities.

– Tim Sturrock