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Fairview High School bomb scare -- over a science project

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Last week, a Centaurus High student was busted after an explosive device was found near a high-traffic area of the school.

So it's understandable that the discovery of what was termed a suspicious bag would cause a freak-out among officials at Boulder's Fairview High School, not to mention the media.

Turns out, though, that the item wasn't a bomb. It was a science project.

Mere hours ago, pretty much every news agency in the metro area began tweeting about the Fairview bomb scare, including the Boulder Daily Camera, which led with this message....

...and followed with an update....

...and an additional note accompanied by a photo of the bomb squad on the scene:

Fortunately, though, the danger proved to be not just minimal, but nonexistent.

According to the Boulder Police Department, the reusable, grocery-type bag -- the kind that are ubiquitous in environmentally friendly Boulder -- was first eyeballed by a bus driver, who didn't think it was dangerous; he simply gave it to Fairview staffers with the idea that they'd return it to the student who'd left it behind. But because it contained plastic pipes, some of which were taped together, as well as wires connected to a battery, said officials moved the bag out to the school's parking lot and called the cops.

Students and employees were moved to the east side of the building as a precaution while police deployed a robot and camera to view the package. Around then, a student came along to reveal that it was his bag, and what it contained was an electro-magnetic project he'd created for a class and then forgotten on the bus this past Friday.

No charges were filed against the student and everything appears back to normal now. Meanwhile, the folks at the Boulder PD aren't criticizing Fairview types for panicking. The release about the incident concludes, "Police remind anyone who finds an unattended bag or suspicious package to use caution. If an unattended bag causes a person to be suspicious, it's best to leave the bag where it is (don't handle it) and call 9-1-1 immediately, providing the bag's location and description, and wait for police to respond."

And the press to react.

More from our Education archive: "Video: Teen arrested for bomb found near 'high-traffic area' at Centaurus High School."

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9 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I survived a bomb scare yesterday . My roommate was on the 'throne' for nearly an hour & the main bathroom is being remolded .

Green_eyes
Green_eyes

Darn those science projects...... And darn this forum, it doesn't let you post comments or replies most of the time.... I give up on this place....

Monkey
Monkey

Kids aren't stupid, I bet he intentionally left it on the bus to see the reaction. He probably thought they would find it earlier and wondered what's taking them so long. Now he's pissed because his project never worked but was hoping he could still get a good grade because the police detonated all his hard work.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

U$A = a nation of Henny Penny Piss-Pant Cowards


Nandrolone
Nandrolone

@Monkey what a theory...shhhh don't give the others ideas, how funny, kids are sharp, they shouldn't be underestimated, hahaha so funny, I got it! that's what YOU did!!! too funny @--^--*

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... even a monkey could make a simple electromagnet ...


Nandrolone
Nandrolone

@DonkeyHotay and DUMBasses! Come on! The teacher couldn't even page the chemistry teacher down the hall to come have a peek before they called the police! Oh wait let me guess, they did and the chemistry teacher thought it could be a bomb also. Bah!


Green_eyes
Green_eyes

You know you want me to stay donkey.....

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