Utah elementary school evacuated after pipe bomb found

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LAYTON, Utah –  A suburban Utah elementary school was evacuated Monday afternoon after a maintenance worker found a pipe bomb on the roof of the school, KSTU reports.

Local police say that around 11:30 a.m. Monday morning, a maintenance worker on the roof of Mountain View Elementary in Layton, Utah found what he described as a piece of PVC pipe with two caps on it.

According to the KSTU, he took the device to a supervisor who notified administration at the school, who then notified police.

“Certainly isn’t part of our protocol. For his own safety, if he sees it, he doesn’t touch it and then notifies his principal,” a school district spokesperson said.

Police arrived and took the device outside of the school area and students were safely evacuated.

The police department’s bomb squad arrived and determined that the 4-inch device contained rifle gunpowder. Bomb sniffing dogs also looked through the school for other suspicious objects. That search found nothing out of the ordinary.

Officials say they don’t know how the pipe bomb got onto the roof of the school or how long it had been there. They’re hoping surveillance video from the school will help give them answer those questions.

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