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Suspicious package found at high school

Source: Roy Martin Source: Roy Martin

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A suspicious package found on the steps of a Midlands High School has caused the cancellation of classes for the entire day as fire officials continue working to figure out what's inside it.

Officials say a janitor saw box sitting on the front steps of Eau Claire High School Monday morning and called 911. About 100 students were already on campus at the time and were moved to a nearby school.

Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said the box had wires coming out of it and a note attached. 

Fire crews used a robot to detonate the package and will test the contents of the package to determine what was inside. No other devices were found in the school.

Officers with the police department are making a final sweep through the school to make sure everything is back to normal.

The 4800 block of Monticello Rd. remains closed.

Eau Claire High School usually starts the school day at 8:00 a.m., but classes were first delayed for two hours and eventually canceled by Richland School District One.

A spokesperson for the district said about 100 Eau Claire students who arrived on campus Monday morning were transported to Alcorn and Heyward Gibbes middle schools. Those students will be served lunch and taken home by bus around noon.

Parents of these Eau Claire students who would like to pick up their children at Gibbes or Alcorn may do so with the proper identification. Eau Claire staff are with students at both locations.

The Columbia Police Department is asking anyone who has any information about this incident to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

We will bring you more details as they become available.

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