Smoking Package Leads to Evacuation at BISD School


POSTED: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 5:24pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 11:47am

Hundreds of students evacuated as the Brownsville Police Department's bomb squad moved in.

"We take these things serious, prank or not," said BISD Police Chief, Oscar Garcia.

It happened Friday at Lopez High School around noon. Officials say a student noticed a smoking package in the cafeteria and alerted a teacher.

And as students stood in the front of the school, which was placed on lockdown, a number of parents waited on the outside of the chain link fence wondering what exactly was going on. One parent describes a message from his daughter.

"She's nervous enough to text me, to tell us she's outside and she, well, apparently she told us she needed help," said a concerned parent.

After a few hours of examining the item, emergency personnel determined the item in the package didn't need to be diffused.

"The item had already expended itself. It was an item that I would refer to as more of a firework. It was not an explosive, not an improvised device, did not have components and it appears to not have the intent to commit bodily harm," said Lt. William Dietrich, of BPD’s bomb squad.

Lt. Dietrich further described the device as a capped item that was lit and contained an accelerant. He said it was more of a nuisance or disturbance than a real threat.

Never the less, still a crime and a crime that comes with consequences.

"We actually have a couple of people of interest that we're going to be looking at, talking to that may have information that leads to an arrest," said Chief Garcia.


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