TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE 4PM: ATF agent David Hyche says a small amount of explosives was recovered from the suspicious device found in the parking lot of Trussville Magnolia Elementary School.
Hyche explained they have not confirmed yet forensically that the device was operational, but they did recover a small amount explosives that they believe to be gun powder.
Currently a K9 unit is sweeping the scene to make sure there aren’t any other devices. The area near the school is still blocked off.
A call came into 911 this morning around 9:30 a.m. Students were evacuated into the school’s storm shelter until the device was rendered safe.
UPDATE: The Trussville superintendent says the device has been blown up by the bomb squad and determined not to be a bomb.
The school is off lockdown. Parents have been allowed to come up check their children out of school if they want.
ORIGINAL: Captain Bridges with the Trussville PD confirms an active bomb threat at a Trussville Elementary school.
The students have been evacuated to the storm shelter of the school and are safe, he says.
A package was discovered in the parking lot with wires and a timer. A bomb squad is evaluating it now.
“The best thing for parents to do is stay away from the school right now,” Bridges told the Trussville Tribune. “The kids are watching movies and they’re safe, and we have people with them.”