ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A shelter-in-place at McCollum Elementary School has been lifted Monday morning after reports of a suspicious package on the school’s campus.
Albuquerque Public Schools announced via Twitter that McCollum Elementary School’s campus was temporarily closed due to a police investigation. According to the APS Police Department, students were not being allowed on campus during that time.
The Albuquerque Police Department’s Bomb Squad was called in to investigate a device located near the portable buildings. The bomb squad was able to locate the device, which was then inspected by bomb technicians.
Authorities say the item was determined to be an improvised incendiary device that was designed to start a fire. APD says the device failed to function as it was designed to and bomb squad personnel rendered it safe.
Police say no explosive hazards were located and no property damage or injuries were reported. FBI and ATF officials also responded to assist in the investigation.
APS officials report that school will continue as normal Monday.