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Fake bomb found at Huntington Beach High School

March 3, 2010 |  4:35 pm

Students were sent home from Huntington Beach High School on Wednesday after police discovered what appeared to be an explosive device.

Police were called to the school about 9:30 a.m. to investigate a report that a student was in possession of fireworks, according to Huntington Beach Police Lt. Russell Reinhart.

The school was evacuated – and students later dismissed – after police found what looked like a bomb. A bomb squad determined that it was a fake device.  Police arrested a student in connection with the incident and charged him with possession of a facsimile of a bomb.

The student was taken to Orange County Juvenile Hall.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: A Huntington Beach firefighter gets into position while an Orange County Sheriff's bomb squad retrieves a suspicious item believed to be a bomb that forced the evacuation of Huntington Beach High School. Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times.