Northeastern University employee charged with staging explosion, FBI says

BOSTON (WLNE) — A Northeastern University employee has been charged in connection with a staged package explosion at the campus last month, the FBI said Tuesday.

The FBI identified the employee as Jason Duhaime, 45, of Texas, the former New Technology Manager and Director of the Immersive Media Lab at Northeastern University.

He is charged with one count of intentionally conveying false and misleading information related to an explosive device and one count of making materially false statements to a federal law enforcement agent.

Boston police responded to Holmes Hall shortly after 7 p.m. on Sept. 13.

According to charging documents,¬†Duhaime reported he was “injured by sharp objects expelled from a plastic case he opened inside the Lab.”

He also allegedly told a 911 operator that the case contained an anonymous “violent note” directed at the lab.

No explosive materials were found, and investigators determined the incident was a hoax.

A computer in Duhaime’s Northeastern office contained a file of the bomb threat letter, written just hours prior to the incident, law enforcement said.

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