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Bomb squad neutralizes pipe bomb at Lakes Middle School

Bomb squad neutralizes pipe bomb at Lakes Middle School

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A pipe bomb has been contained and neutralized in Coeur d'Alene on the Lakes Middle School campus.

Just before 7:30 a.m. Monday a janitor was making his rounds when he spotted a suspicious device on the west side of the school. He reported the device looked like a pipe bomb.

Coeur d'Alene police and fire crews arrived to investigate and later called in the Spokane bomb squad after determining it was definitely a pipe bomb.

The bomb squad responded, contained and neutralized the device. Police are now investigating how the device got to where it was found.

"It could have been something that was put together for the Fourth of July holiday, it's hard to say but we will be following any leads we get and try to figure out who's responsible," Sergeant Christie Wood with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department said.

Authorities said it is unusual for a pipe bomb to be found on school property and thankfully school wasn't in session and the janitor was the only one at the school.