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Updated: 5:12 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | Posted: 1:58 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013
By Mark Becker
CORNELIUS, N.C. —
Students and staff at Hough High School in Cornelius spent several hours outside Tuesday after two separate bomb scares.
The first scare came at 8 a.m., when someone called in a bomb threat. The school was evacuated and a search did not turn up any potentially dangerous devices.
But just after noon, a student reported finding a black package on the counter in one of the school bathrooms and the school was evacuated for a second time.
"The first time it didn't seem as bad -- I mean we were only out for an hour and they brought us back in. This time they just brought everybody," said Alex Pulley, a student at the school.
"The second time did sound a little more urgent -- they were like, ‘Grab all your things and go outside,’" added Emily Norris, also a student.
CMPD's bomb squad was called in to examine the package and an X-ray determined that it was not explosive.
Around 3 p.m., a uniformed police officer wheeled what appeared to be that package out to be examined more carefully.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Cornelius Police are not saying what was in that package, or who may have put it there.
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