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Lockout lifted at Temple High School after bomb squad removes nearby suspicious device

Temple police called in the McLennan County Bomb Squad after the device was found not far from Temple High School.

TEMPLE, Texas — The McLennan County Bomb Squad safely removed a suspicious device Tuesday that was found not far from Temple High School.

Police said they were called to the Bell County Public Health District Clinical Services office in the 800 block of N. 31st St. around 11:30 a.m. An officer at the scene said the building was evacuated.

As police investigated, Temple Independent School District spokesman Christian Hernandez said Temple High School was placed on a lockout. A lockout means classes continued as normal but no one was allowed inside.

Hernandez said the lockout was lifted after 1:30 p.m. when the scene had been cleared.

Temple police spokeswoman Alejandra Arreguin said investigators determined the device was not an explosive.

31st St. and Jack White St. just passed the roundabout outside the high school and Bray St. were closed while police investigated. They were reopened once the device had been removed.

Anyone with information about the situation can call the Temple Police Criminal Investigation Division at 254-298-5500 or the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-8477.


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