AURORA - Students were escorted out of Mrachek Middle School in Aurora Monday after it was discovered someone tried to detonate a pipe bomb over the weekend.
Police say no one was around when the device went off outside the school. Fire department spokeswoman Wendy Lippman said security video showed the suspects lighting the bomb in an alcove between two buildings. She said it just burned and didn't explode.
Students were escorted out in order to do a sweep of the school. Police and the Aurora Fire Department are investigating.
School was canceled for the day.
Aurora Public School released the following statement:
This morning, we received a report of a suspicious device outside of Mrachek Middle School. As a precaution, we have evacuated the school. Student safety is a top priority in Aurora Public Schools, and we are cooperating fully with the police, including the officers who are investigating the matter. We are asking parents to come to the reunification site at Rangeview High School, located at 17599 East Iliff Avenue at noon. Any parent, guardian or identified emergency contact can pick up students at Rangeview with proper photo identification. We are providing this information to parents via an automated phone call.
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