Bomb found on Ketchikan school playground

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An explosive device was found on the playground of a Ketchikan elementary school, police said.

The device -- a propane bottle with a clock attached -- was ''definitely capable of causing harm,'' Ketchikan chief of police Grant Sirevog said Friday after the instrument was deactivated by bomb disposal experts from Fort Richardson.

The device, which also included a box with a red light on it, appeared homemade, Sirevog said. It was found Thursday morning by a maintenance worker on an open ball field at Houghtaling Elementary School.

There have been three bomb threats at Ketchikan High School since May, Sirevog said. The most recent threat occurred on the day the device was found, he said. The high school was evacuated and searched, but no bomb was found.

Sirevog said he does not know if the threats are related to the device found at the elementary school. He said there are no suspects in any of the cases.

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