Abia Judd Elementary students “sheltered in place” on Thursday morning after someone spotted what turned out to be an exploded blasting cap in the 1900 block of Peaceful Mesa Drive, officials said.
A caller to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department stated they had seen something “orange” sticking out of hard-packed dirt that looked as though it might be explosive material. Sheriff deputies reported finding an apparent exploded blasting cap and wire protruding from the ground, said Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn. To be safe, a bomb squad technician was called, and it was determined there was no explosive.
For caution purposes, a sheriff’s deputy went to Principal Clark Tenney and asked to remove children off the playground and remain in the building. Tenney complied.
Staff and students were informed that everyone would be staying inside the school for a time as a precautionary measure because the Sheriff’s Office was checking on a potential hazard. Though no one was in any danger, Tenney said the school remained in that mode for a couple hours so as to give adequate time for the bomb squad technician to make a proper determination. This required i ndoor lunch and recess, he said.
Parents were informed of the incident. Tenney assured at no time was anyone in any danger.
“We went about our normal schedule,” Tenney said other than students had to have indoor recess. “It was pretty low key, no big deal … “We thanked them (the Sheriff’s Office) for keeping us as safe as possible.”