On Sunday, Springfield, Ohio, police were called to the Ramada Inn where us Equality Riders stayed a few days ago after staff there found five pipe bombs stashed under a bed. The bombs were located in a room directly across from one of the rooms occupied by members of the Equality Ride:
The Springfield Police Division is trying to contact past guests of the Ramada Limited’s Room 201, where workers found four items officials suspected to be pipe bombs Sunday.
“We would hope they hadn’t been there very long,” Police Sgt. Brian Peabody said Monday.
The devices were found under a bed in the hotel room, located at 319 E. Leffel Lane, officials said.
Carpet layers, who found the devices, took them to the front desk, and a clerk called police.
Guests were evacuated from the hotel after the devices were located about 6:50 p.m.
Ramada Limited staff said Monday they did not know the number of guests they evacuated.
The Dayton Bomb Squad used a robot to remove the devices and take them to a grassy area behind the building about 11 p.m.
We were told about this by our co-directors yesterday evening. I wasn’t going to mention anything about it until it ended up in the paper. While it certainly is scary to think that the bombs might have been meant for us, any sort of conclusion like that is merely conjecture.
The most realistic guesstimate as to what the bombs were doing there is as simple as storage. Yup… the bombs were fused, which meant if anyone were to light them, they would be putting their own safety in danger by having to light them where the bombs were (not remotely) and then scrambling to get out of the building.
Realistically, the bombs probably weren’t meant for us, but we will never know that.
One of our co-directors stated last night how good of a thing it was that this happened so late in the trip. It isn’t something we will have to consciously worry about for another few weeks, as we all head home on May 1st. Neither will we have to check under our beds at each hotel, as we only have one more hotel to stay a few days in before heading home.
Either way… the thought of bombs in a hotel is just plain scary.