North High School evacuated after 'improvised bomb' found on campus

KCSO: 15-year-old suspect in custody

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - North High School students have returned to class after being evacuated regarding reports of a bomb being on campus.

At about 8:30 a.m., deputies with the Kern County Sheriff's Office went to North High regarding a possible bomb in a locker.

According to Principal Alan Paradise, the administration was notified that an explosive device was possibly in a locker on campus. After being notified, they decided to evacuate the building until the clear is given by authorities.

According to reports, the suspect told other students of the device and those students told authorities.

Deputies said they did find an, "improvised explosive device." According to officials, the explosive device was a 4- to 5-inch cylinder with explosive power inside.

Deputies ordered an evacuation of the school shortly before 9 a.m. Students were held at the football field. Parents were allowed to pick-up near McCray Street and Universe Avenue, according to school officials.

The students returned to class at about 10 a.m., an hour after they were evacuated and the device was rendered 'inactive'.

A 15-year-old student is in custody and is expected to be arrested, officials with the Kern County Sheriff's Office said. Officials said if arrested, he will be charged with possession of explosive device.

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