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Overland Park police said suspicious package found at elementary school did not contain explosive device

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Mar 04, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Overland Park Police Department bomb technicians did not find an explosive device in a backpack Monday afternoon at Oak Hill Elementary School.

The unattended backpack was found by a teacher during a recess period along the fence line near the playground.

Outdoor recess and physical education classes were canceled at the school near West 124th Street and Switzer Road.

Students were kept inside the school, but classes continued and no problems were reported during dismissal, according to a Blue Valley School District spokesperson.

Police called in the bomb squad, which did a preliminary investigation and located "suspicious items" in the backpack.

Items found in the backpack were "rendered safe" and do not pose a danger to the school or neighborhood, an Overland Park police department spokesman said.

Students at nearby Oxford Middle School were dismissed prior to the incident.

Both schools will be open Tuesday.

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