Sacto 9-1-1
June 6, 2012
Suspicious device found at Cordova High determined to be a 'hoax'

A handful of faculty and staff members at Cordova High School have been allowed back on campus after authorities detonated a suspicious object on campus.

The object was found to be inert. However, authorities had treated as a potential threat out of an "abundance of caution," said Stephen Nichols, spokesman for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos described the object as a "pretty well constructed hoax device" - an object made to look like a real bomb, complete with a blinking red light.

A campus custodian found the object about 10:30 a.m., prompting an evacuation of part of the campus. School is not in session; however, some faculty and staff members were inside the school when the object was found, and some children were playing soccer at the school, Ramos said. They were all been cleared from the area.

The sheriff's bomb squad responded and, unsure if the object was a real explosive device, detonated it. It was then determined to be some canned beverages wrapped in foil and duct tape, Ramos said.

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