Hundreds of crickets get loose in UNH dorm
DURHAM, N.H. (WHDH) -- Chaos broke out at the University of New Hampshire’s campus when hundreds of crickets escape an enclosure a couple weeks ago.
The crickets were supposed to be food for a pet bearded dragon. But somehow the crickets got loose, getting the student who owns the bearded dragon in trouble.
It was a sound heard throughout a dormitory at the University of New Hampshire; chaos and panic followed.
Hundreds of crickets were running through the dorm. University officials say a student left his pet lizard with a friend to watch for a couple days. He also left the lizard's food -- a big box full of crickets -- but the insects escaped in the building and mayhem ensued.
“I stepped out of my dorm, noticed a few hopping here and there, and I started noticing people out in the hallway, a couple people screaming,” said David Waste, a student.
The craziness continued for hours until the crickets were cleared out.
“Some students started stepping on them. Exterminators were called in. They came right over and used a vacuum,” said Scott Chesney, Director of Residential Life, UNH.
It was a frightening time for some, but pet store owner Paula Burdick says the students were never in any danger.
“They’re not going to bite people…they don’t have diseases on them, so they’re safe,” said Paula Burdick.
The student who owned the lizard was in violation of the university’s no pets rule and was disciplined.