Improvised explosive device detonates on Montana school playground

Rossiter Elementary School

The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office says an object found at Rossiter Elementary School on Tuesday morning was not an explosive device and there was no detonation, despite earlier reports that there had been a detonation.

No injuries have been reported. Authorities described the device as a soda bottle with duct tape wrapped around it, but did not say what was inside it.

School officials found the bottle Tuesday morning, near the basketball hoops on the school playground.

Students at a primary school in the U.S. were evacuated yesterday when a homemade bomb detonated on their playground.

They blocked off the area and called 911, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said.

"I am glad our team here, local, state and federal, reacted in such a way", Dutton said.

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Dutton says they don't have a suspect or a motive for the explosion. "Rossiter School is done for the day, and the rest of the schools are back to business as usual".

All Helena District 1 Schools and East Helena Schools are on lockdown and will be searched by law enforcement, the sheriff's office said. The school did not receive any threats prior to discovering the device, police say. This a precaution in response to the incident in Helena. It has not been determined yet if Rossiter students will be allowed to return to class on Wednesday. Classes at Helena College have been canceled for the remainder of the day and students asked to go home.

The Lewis and Clark Co.

In addition to the Lewis & Clark Sheriff's deputies and bomb squad, the FBI, Montana Highway Patrol, Helena Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are at the scene. People are being asked to avoid the area. Buses were brought in, parents were notified and that was very orderly.

Parents should take the Frontage Road or the Masonic Road to reach the school house.

This is a developing story.

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