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Lyle Schools Close Monday When Suspicious Device Found

ATF working with county on the investigation

The halls of Lyle High School and Lyle Middle School were emptied Monday, following the discovery of a suspicious looking device by school officials.

"We received a call from the Lyle High School principal about 8 a.m. on Monday, after a suspicious item was found outside the school near a lower exterior door," said Klickitat County Sheriff's deputy Ken MacDonald.

Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy MacDonald determined that the device was a pipe bomb -- a bomb that could have injured individuals.

The high school and middle school were immediately evacuated and students bussed to Dallesport Elementary.

KCSO explosive detecting dog Penelope and her handler Eileen Porter were called to the scene and searched the buildings and exterior grounds for any other secondary devices. None were located.

The Washington State Patrol Explosive Disposal Team from Walla Walla arrived in Lyle at approximately 12:30 p.m. and further determined the item to be an explosive device.

"EDT was called in because they are trained and prepared to handle these type of devices in a safe manner," MacDonald said. He noted the explosive team rendered the device safe.

The device and materials have been sent to Alcohol Tobacco Firearms for processing in its lab. ATF will be further assisting KCSO with the continuing investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the device can contact the KCSO tip line anonymously at 1-877-288-1926 or can call Deputy MacDonald or Detective Steve Shields at KCSO.

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