From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 07-05-2015, at about 7:10 P.M., the Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a suspicious item at the Ridgewood Elementary School. A citizen reported that the item appeared to be a possible explosive device.

Deputies responded to the location and secured the area. Deputies on scene determined the device could possibly be a “Pipe Bomb” style explosive, so the Explosive Ordinance Division personnel were called out to assess the situation.

EOD Deputies arrived on scene and determined the item was possibly an improvised explosive device. The device was constructed of PVC pipe, capped at both ends, with a small hole drilled in the pipe. They utilized the Sheriff’s EOD robot to disrupt and render the device safe.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.