CEDAR CITY – The St. George Police Bomb Squad was called to Cedar City Wednesday morning when a potential bomb threat was reported at Cedar High School.
Principal Kevin Garrett said the school’s resource officer found a suspicious object in the parking lot that morning, which was described as a “pipe bomb” in a tweet from SUU News on Twitter.
“It was cylindrical and capped on both sides,” he said “It looked really, really suspicious.” Unsure as to the contents of the package, the school was put into lockdown.
“We have different levels of lockdown for different situations,” Garrett said, and added that during the bomb scare no one was allowed to leave the school campus until faculty and authorities knew what was happening. “We need to make sure we know what we’re dealing with,” he said.
The school went into lockdown around 10:30 a.m., which lasted until 11:40 a.m. At that point, Garrett said the situation was under control. Only the parking lot remained off limits during this time. Students were allowed to leave for lunch and classes resumed at 12:15 p.m. “It was back to business as usual,” he said.
SUU News reported the St. George Police Bomb Squad arrived on the scene and used a robot to inspect the suspected pipe bomb. Unable to determine what the contents within the container were at the time, the robot proceeded to “detonate” it. The tube was filled with beans only, and not with harmful materials.
There is a possibility the object in question was actually a musical instrument similar to a rain stick, which can be either a cardboard or aluminum tube filled with beans or other material that, when shaken, produces a sound comparable to falling rain.
Despite the bomb scare, Garrett said he didn’t believe the incident was meant to be a prank. Instead, he said, he figured someone simply misplaced the item and it was mistaken for a bomb.
At the end of the day, the principal was happy with how things turned out. “As long as it wasn’t anything explosive, we had a good day,” he said.
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