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Bomb scare forces high school evacuation

December 18, 2012

Big Spring High School was evacuated Monday morning following a bomb threat, however, law enforcement officials say the call was a hoax.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, the call was received at 9:52 a.m. by local law enforcement dispatch.

“Dispatch received a 911 call from a male subject who claimed there was a bomb in the high school,” Everett said. “School officials were immediately notified and the building was evacuated. Officers responded to the scene and conducted a search of the premises.”

Everett said searches like these are painstaking for the police officers who conduct them.

“There's no special equipment involved in a bomb or device search like this,” he said. “You just have to have the officers walk through the school and look for anything suspicious. If they find something, however, we have services available to us through the military and other agencies. It's a pretty painstaking process.”

No bomb or device was found, according to Everett, and students and school faculty were sent back to their classes after approximately 40 minutes.

“The 911 system shows the call came from a dead cell phone,” he said. “Investigators are following up on this.”

According to Everett, a “dead cell phone” is any mobile device which isn't currently activated for mobile phone service.

“A cell phone that is not activated or doesn't currently have service from the carrier can still dial 911,” Everett said. “These pre-paid cell phones we toss in the trash can be dug out by someone, charged up and used to dial 911. Our investigators are following up on the call itself and the type of device used to make it.”

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