Possible explosive device found at Concord High School leads to police investigation

A school employee called police Wednesday, Aug. 13, after finding a suspicious bottle on school grounds.

Posted on Aug. 14, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is increasing safety precautions at Concord High School after school staff found a possible explosive device outside on the first day of school.

A school employee contacted police at 6:51 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, to report a suspicious bottle found on the ground near the school.

Sheriff’s officers arrived and found a plastic bottle filled with a liquid and some foil, said Capt. Jim Bradberry.

The device appeared to be designed to cause a chemical reaction that would make the bottle burst, Bradberry said.

The officers cordoned off the area and called the Elkhart Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit to help dispose of the bottle.

The sheriff’s department’s investigation is ongoing, and investigators believe juveniles were involved in making and placing the device.

Sheriff’s deputies and school officials are working together to evaluate security measures at the school and are on “extra lookout and alert,” Bradberry said.

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