Oklahoma City school evacuated after explosives found

Monday, October 27th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Students at an Oklahoma City elementary school were evacuated Monday morning after a cleaning crew found explosives inside the school.

Custodians at Rancho Village Elementary school in southwest Oklahoma City discovered what they thought was an unexploded pipe bomb.

Students were taken to a nearby church while the police bomb squad investigated.

Police determined the explosives were firecrackers. Two small firecrackers were used to blow open a window over the weekend and another larger firework was thrown on the floor, Capt. Jeffrey Becker said.

The larger firework had not exploded, Becker said.

The children returned to class after about two hours.

No one was injured and police were continuing to investigate the incident.

"We are not aware of any threats that would make us more concerned," Becker said. "But obviously we take these kind of things very seriously."