Access to the town of Evansville was fully closed to the public for less than an hour Thursday afternoon while its elementary school was placed on a lockout because of a bomb scare, authorities said.
A call of a suspicious item came in just before 2 p.m., authorities said. A witness saw an object in a vehicle that concerned her, so she called the police. That prompted authorities to evacuate the area near the car. Evansville Elementary students were asked to shelter in place, and the school was placed on a lockout.
A bomb squad determined the object in the vehicle wasn’t an explosive device, though it had some kind of timer on it. The vehicle was parked behind a house.
Sgt. Sean Ellis of the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office said there was no criminal activity or injuries thought to be related to the call.
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No threat was made against the school, a Natrona County School District spokeswoman told the Star-Tribune. A perimeter was established by law enforcement in the area, but access to the town was opened back up just after 2:50 p.m.
The school was on a “soft lockout,” the school spokeswoman said, and parents who want to pick up their students can do so. Those parents and guardians should take a left on Evans Street, head west on Fifth Street, then north on Texas Street. Bus routes were set to run as normal.
Officers from the Casper and Evansville police departments were both on scene, as were Natrona County sheriff’s deputies.