'Seal bomb' in classroom leads to Oregon school evacuation - KCTV5 News

'Seal bomb' in classroom leads to Oregon school evacuation

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An explosive device found in a Lincoln County classroom caused a school evacuation Wednesday.

Emergency crews were called to Toledo Jr/Sr High School just after 2 p.m. A teacher reported finding what appeared to be an explosive device between classes.

Administrators evacuated all students and staff from the building.

The item in question was a "seal bomb," which is a common name for an explosive pest control device, or EPCD. Deputies said EPCDs are used for minimizing crop damage and interference from pests, birds and seals at airports, landfills, farmlands, golf courses and fishing areas.

Deputies entered the school and examined the item. The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit was contacted for assistance to confirm the device was a commercially manufactured EPCD.

After that determination was made, the school was thoroughly searched and no other similar items were found. At 4 p.m., the school reopened for normal operations and students and staff were allowed back inside.

The incident remains under investigation.

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