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Embry-Riddle student held after explosion on campus

James Guy Levine, 18, of White Plains, NY, was arrested Wednesday by Prescott police and was being held in the Yavapai County Jail. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) James Guy Levine, 18, of White Plains, NY, was arrested Wednesday by Prescott police and was being held in the Yavapai County Jail. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
PRESCOTT, AZ (CBS5) -

Prescott police have arrested a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University after a small explosion on the school's northern Arizona campus early Tuesday morning.

"He told me he was like sleeping, and all of a sudden he just heard a huge explosion," said sophomore Joan SanMarti about one of his friends who lives in the nearby dorm. "He told me he could even feel the shake."

No one was hurt, and no damage has been reported.

"Right now, it looks like it was just a small bomb, a homemade-type little bomb," said Prescott police Lt. Ken Morley.

James Guy Levine, 18, of White Plains, NY, has been booked into the Yavapai County Jail on suspicion of misconduct involving explosives, endangerment, disruption of an educational facility and marijuana-related offenses.

A burn mark in the parking lot near the school's dormitories was found about 5:30 a.m., and an anonymous tip led campus security officers to Levine's dorm room.

Based on suspicious items found in the room, campus security notified Prescott police, which obtained a search warrant.

Police tell CBS 5 News evidence taken from Levine's dorm room includes a substantial amount of explosive materials.

"I don't know to what magnitude," Morley said. "But, there was enough there that we were concerned, and the bomb techs were also concerned."

Police said Levine admitted to setting off the bomb.

But he wouldn't say why he did it or if he planned on using the chemicals in his dorm room to make others.

While the investigation is ongoing, police said they believe Levine acted alone.

"We're pretty confident that he was the only one that was involved at Embry-Riddle campus, and we are comfortable that the campus right now is secure and safe for those students to be there," Morley said.

Still, the bomb scare has students on edge.

"After what happened in Boston, and all that has been occurring lately with bombings and all that stuff, it's a little scary," said Brian Acosta, an Embry-Riddle junior.

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