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Bomb threat ends classes at SV school

Posted at 10:48 AM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 20:32:59-04

About 400 children were evacuated from a Sierra Vista school Friday as Sierra Vista Police coped with a bomb threat. 

The Center for Academic Success at 900 E. Carmelita Drive normally starts school at 7:30 a.m.

At 8:52 a.m. someone called in a bomb threat and 400 students, kindergarten to high school seniors, started to evacuate.

"We want to minimize their risk and any potential they'll be exposed so the quickest way we can get them out and to a distance that's safe from the threat so we took them to a local school nearby," Commander Chris Hiser with the Sierra Vista Police Department said. 

Students were bused to Bella Vista Elementary nearby. By early afternoon parents had picked up all the students.

Sierra Vista Police called in the bomb squad from Davis-Monthan Air Force base.

Bomb specialists brought out a bomb sniffing dog which inspected all the cars near the school, after clearing the school building itself.

By mid afternoon they were ready to declare the school safe.