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Suspicious devices found at Roseburg High School

According to the Roseburg Police Department, the objects appeared to be some type of small, homemade device, possibly altered fireworks.

Posted: Nov 12, 2020 8:37 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2020 8:43 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Roseburg High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon after several objects, suspected to be explosive devices, were found in the front parking lot.

In a press release, Roseburg Public Schools said at about 4:35 p.m. a custodian reported finding the objects. According to the Roseburg Police Department, the objects appeared to be some type of small, homemade device, possibly altered fireworks.

Superintendent Jared Cordon said there were approximately 20 staff members and 60 students on campus at the time. Cordon said everyone was safely evacuated from the campus.

The Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office blocked access to the school property and contacted the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit. The release stated none of the objects were found inside any buildings, or past the front parking lot of the high school.

KEZI 9 News was told police personnel will remain on scene until all the devices have been removed.

Cordon said the district is fully cooperating with the police investigation.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Explosives Unit for their quick response to the situation at RHS. We deeply value our partnership with these agencies,” Cordon said. “We would also like to recognize the actions of our high school staff members and administrators, who followed proper procedures to ensure everyone’s safety.”

This is a developing story. Stay with KEZI 9 news for the latest.

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