'Bottle bombs' found near Scio grade school

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by KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 7:09 PM

ALBANY, Ore. - Several “bottle bombs” were found near a Scio elementary school Monday. Two had been detonated and three were still intact, according to the Albany Democrat-Herald.

No one was hurt and no property around Centennial Elementary was damaged, the paper said.

Linn County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating.

School officials first found the problem when a teacher discovered the remnants of one of the bombs along with the bleaching-type marks it left behind, outside the school library. The other undetonated devices were found soon after.

The bombs are basically a mixture of usually a chemical and foil that causes a reaction inside a capped bottle, leading to an explosion.

“I have a kindergartner here and she would see a bottle and want to pick it up doing something good for the environment, so it’s very concerning,” parent Pamela Hayes said.

The school principal said his staff did a great job, and dispatchers got police, fire and eventually a bomb squad there to deal with the bombs.

Officials said no children were ever in danger after the bombs were discovered.

Any student who finds a similar device was asked to leave the area and tell an adult.

KGW Reporter Tim Gordon contributed to this report

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