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UPDATE: Suspicious Package Puts Sandburg Middle School on Lockdown

The package was discovered in the bike rack area of campus, according to reports.

UPDATE, 5 p.m. GUSD Superintendent Robert Voors sent the following message to parents of students in the district:

This message is to inform you of a situation today at Sandburg Middle School.

About noon, a student found a suspicious device on the second level athletic field. The device was brought to school bike rack away from the school buildings. The Glendora Police were called and responded immediately. Students were moved from the classrooms near the front of the school and Bennett Avenue in front of the school was temporarily closed off.

In an abundance of caution, the GPD notified the Sheriff Department Bomb Squad, who responded and detonated what appeared to be some type of model rocket engine. Students and staff were not in danger. Bennett was reopened by 1:45 pm and school dismissed as usual at 2:30 pm. We are thankful for the exceptional response of our staff and students and the immediate response of the Glendora Police Department and emergency services.

Please remind your student(s) to always notify an adult on campus immediately if they should encounter a similar situation.

Thank you and have a good evening.

UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Bennett Avenue has been reopened. Parents may drive up to the front of the school. According to police, the suspicious device turned out to be a model rocket fuel pack and was deemed harmless. Classes resumed when the lockdown was lifted at around 1:15 p.m.

UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: LA County Fire reports that the package found on Sandburg Middle School campus has been "disarmed." No word yet on what the contents of the package were.

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Sandburg Middle School is currently on lockdown after a suspicious package was found in the bike rack area of the school.

Glendora Police were called to the scene around noon and is currently investigating. A bomb squad responded to the scene at 12:52 p.m.

Glendora Police has closed Bennett Avenue between Barranca and Grand avenues.

There is no word yet on when the lockdown will be lifted.

This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

Lynn Budd Elliott January 15, 2013 at 11:58 PM
I have to agree with you being a Sanburg parent and getting that phone call was scary but I would rather the school be over cautious with everything going on in our country right now. If the school didn't call you people would be complaining about that. There are too many crazy people and thing going on out there.
John January 16, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Asking the same question 2 minutes after the news source said authorities have not released the answer to that question is hilarious to me.
Elizabeth January 16, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Maybe it has something to do with the rocket launches / rocket clubs that Patch recently released an article on. Apparently almost 50 Glendora Unified School District students in addition to a number of Citrus College students have been participating in activities involving rockets.
Danlp January 16, 2013 at 07:42 AM
I'm sure almost any 11 yr. old boy at the school could have explained to the PD what the toy rocket motor was. I used to take my daughter to Sandburg over 20 years ago to fly a model rocket I had built for her birthday. Used to fly them at Goddard as well.
CK January 16, 2013 at 08:06 AM
I forgot to thank the Patch for reporting the facts as they come in. Great job!

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