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Crude explosive devices found outside Coeur d’Alene High

Thu., Sept. 9, 2010, 10:59 a.m.

Devices already detonated; no injuries reported

Three small explosive devices were found around Coeur d’Alene High School’s football field today around 10 a.m. No injuries or damage were reported, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department said.

The school was placed in lockdown this morning, but that was lifted around 11:12 a.m., said Sgt. Christie Wood, a spokeswoman. Police also conducted a sweep of the building, she said.

“They’re feeling the building is just fine,” Wood said.

The devices, which Wood described as “small and crudely made,” had apparently already been detonated when the school resource officer was informed of their presence, Wood said. One was near the north entrance to the football field and two were near the south entrance, she said. She said the explosive devices were each about the size of a baseball.

When the police reviewed calls from Wednesday night, they discovered one at 7:39 p.m. reporting a “loud explosion” near the high school, Wood said.

Police and school officials will review surveillance camera footage in the search for suspects, Wood said.

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