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Wed Apr 25, 2018, 11:42 AM

Juvenile had bomb materials at Covington (LA) school: police


Covington police said Wednesday (April 25) they have arrested a juvenile in connection with a "chemical incident'' at a junior high school. Police said the chemicals were "consistent with materials commonly used to manufacture a bomb."

The juvenile suspected of bringing the materials to the school, a 13-year-old, was charged with manufacture and possession of a bomb and was booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center in Robert, police said.

Authorities from the Covington Police Department, Covington Fire Department and St. Tammany Sheriff's Office responded Tuesday to reports of a chemical spill of some sort at William Pitcher Junior High School. Around 2:10 p.m., school officials had reported that a student was seen with a bottle that contained a substance that appeared to be smoking and some of the substance had spilled onto a sidewalk.

A juvenile male, a student at the school, was taken into custody Tuesday. Eight people on the scene were evaluated for chemical exposure but declined further medical attention. A hazmat team was called out to decontaminate the area, police said. A St. Tammany Parish school district spokeswoman would not comment on the status of the arrested juvenile, but said that the school district alerted parents of students at William Pitcher in an automated robocall on Tuesday.

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