The College Homecoming Bomber From This Week You Never Heard About

A white domestic terrorist was arrested Friday after setting off an improvised explosive device near colonial Williamsburg, VA.

Stephen Powers, 30, of Gloucester, VA, was charged with committing an act of terrorism and possessing an explosive device in a parking lot. The explosion took place on Thursday during peak hours in a “highly-trafficked area” near the College of William & Mary, The Virginian-Pilot reported. The college is celebrating its homecoming weekend, but it’s unclear if the college community itself was the main target.

No one was injured in the blast, and police received a call for a car fire in the area around 5 p.m. The subsequent investigation included the FBI, Newport News Police Department, Virginia State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who determined that the fires were caused by an IED. They determined the incident was an isolated event, but are still investigating the incident.

“Though this was not on-campus, know the proximity is close. While the investigation is continuing, there is no indication of any ongoing threat. Williamsburg Police and other agencies are handling the investigation,” William & Mary’s Chief of Police Deb Cheesebro said in a statement. “William & Mary Police were on-scene last night and we continue to follow this closely but again, see no ongoing threat to campus.”

Security was bolstered at the college’s homecoming events.

Despite this being considered an act of terrorism by law enforcement, President Donald Trump — who traveled to his golf club in Virginia Saturday — has been silent so far on the matter, despite being so quick to tweet about possible acts of terrorism before they are even considered as such by experts. The president’s silence regarding domestic terrorism by white men is nothing new. He was heavily criticized for his long wait before denouncing the terror attack by a neo-Nazi Trump supporter who killed peaceful counterprotester Heather Heyer during the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA in August.

Instead, Trump has spent his time golfing and tweeting about “fake news” and Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who called out his disrespectful call to a grieving widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month.

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