CSU student charged in Saturday explosion at Courtyard I North

A 20-year-old Columbus State University student was charged with felony possession of a destructive device after an explosion late Saturday at Courtyard I North, police said.

No one was injured in the 8:20 p.m. explosion at the on-campus student housing at 3423 College Drive, police said.

Police arrested Chadbourn A. Boatner about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, after a search of his apartment. He also was charged with minor in possession of alcohol, possession of a drug related object and reckless conduct, all misdemeanors. He was still being held Tuesday in the Muscogee County Jail on bonds totaling $25,750.

Records at CSU show that Boatner is a freshman chemistry major from LaGrange, an official said.

In a report, police officer R.A. Splawn said he heard a loud explosion at the housing complex. He found a two-liter bottle that appeared to have exploded in the grass.

A witness told police that he observed Boatner make and throw an explosive device using the two-liter plastic bottle. Boatner was sitting outside on the balcony of his apartment when police arrived.

As part of the investigation, police obtained a search warrant for Boatner’s residence. Officers found Natural Light beer cans, a bottle cap with a metal socket inserted for smoking marijuana. Police also found materials used for making a chemical pressure device.

CSU spokesman John Lester said it appears the device was made to make noise although the definition of the law requires him to be charged with a felony. “No one was injured,” he said. “It wasn’t done near any people or property. It was done in the parking lot. It was just to make noise to see what would happen.”

Boatner was scheduled for a Recorder’s Court hearing at 8 a.m. Monday. All charges were bound over to Muscogee Superior Court.