NEW KNOXVILLE — Students at New Knoxville School were evacuated Tuesday afternoon and the building searched by an area bomb squad.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon told The Evening Leader a phone call at 1:54 p.m. by a school employee triggered an investigation that included the Lima Bomb Squad searching the school. Solomon said the students were evacuated a "safe distance away" from the school and parents were notified via the school district's policy.
"The Lima Bomb Squad was called in to do a search of the building with personnel from the school," Solomon said. "Class was in session when they evacuated the school. Parent pick-up was controlled from outside the building by law enforcement and school personnel."
Solomon said members of the bomb squad did not find anything and cleared the scene at approximately 4 p.m. A pair of canines helped search the building and grounds of the school. The sheriff’s office responded to the school along with the New Knoxville Police, New Knoxville Fire, St. Marys Fire/EMS and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The investigation into the incident continues.