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Manhattan Beach campus locked down after lighter fluid, matches found in backpack

September 8, 2010 |  3:11 pm

Authorities locked down a Manhattan Beach high school for about two hours Wednesday after an abandoned backpack containing lighter fluid and matches was found on campus.

The incident was reported about 10 a.m at Mira Costa High School. Manhattan Beach police searched the campus, including offices and rooms, according to a department statement.

Police also searched all student backpacks. The school has 2,500 students.

After the searches were completed, students, teachers and administrators were allowed to go to lunch.

Police officials said the investigation into the incident was continuing.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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