The Washington Local Schools district is reassuring parents that all buildings and children are safe after the discovery of a small, homemade explosive device on elementary school property Wednesday.
According to district Superintendent Patrick Hickey, the suspicious pop container was found in the parking lot of McGregor Elementary School around 2 p.m. Wednesday. After authorities were called, all students and faculty were dismissed at their usual time with the assistance of staff.
The Lucas County Bomb Squad, along with Toledo Police, were able to secure the scene and release the contents of the bottle by 3:30 p.m. The device was found to be a drano device with foil and what appeared to be baking soda inside.
There is no word from the district or authorities on how the device came to rest outside the school. The school says they reviewing footage from security cameras in their investigation of the incident.
"While situations like this are unpleasant they do give us an opportunity to see our policies, procedures, and drills put into action. The staff at McGregor and school district staff took care of kids and families first and foremost and ensured that student safety was their overriding responsibility," said Hickey. "I am very proud of their efforts."
Hickey urges parents to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious behavior, people, or objects.