Posted: 5:47 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013

Beavercreek High School evacuated after suspicious jug found



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Jim Noelker
The Dayton Bomb Squad robot examined a "suspicious container" left inside Beavercreek High School Monday. All 2,600 students were evacuated to the football field. Jim Noelker / Staff

By Doug Page

Staff Writer

BEAVERCREEK —

A 1-gallon plastic milk jug filled with an unidentified liquid triggered the Monday afternoon evacuation of the 2,600 students at Beavercreek High School.

The school resource officer called in the suspicious jug to his colleagues at the Beavercreek Police Department around 1:15 p.m., according to Capt. Jeff Fiorita.

Beavercreek Twp. Fire Battalion Chief Nathan Hiester said the police officer assigned to the high school reported the liquid in the jug “didn’t appear to be milk”. Hiester said the liquid appeared to be expanding the jug at “a slow rate.”

Hiester said he did not know what, if anything, was written on the jug.

The Dayton Bomb squad was called to the scene and sent a robot down the second-floor hallway, while authorities monitored the action via a video feed. The bomb squad then requested Dayton Regional Haz-Mat be dispatched.

Capt. Fiorita said it had not been determined whether the jug was accidentally or intentionally left in the hallway. He said the evacuation of the students to the adjacent football stadium was orderly.

“We have an established protocol for such instances,” school Superintendent Bill McGlothlin said. “We have to take these things seriously.”

A bomb squad member, dressed in a hazmat suit, placed the jug in a white 5-gallon bucket and carried it outside to a building alcove. Another bomb squad member climbed a ladder onto the school roof and fired several rounds from a pellet gun into the jug “to relieve the pressure,” Hiester said.

The students left the stadium, most by bus, before 4 p.m. The school was opened to students to retrieve items from their lockers after 5 p.m. Classes are scheduled to resume today.

The call out of police and fire caused a traffic backup for nearly an hour along Dayton-Xenia Road in front of the high school.

 
 

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