"Party Favors" Prompted School Lockdown

By Michelle Wayland
|  Monday, Sep 27, 2010  |  Updated 2:11 PM PDT
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Steele Canyon High School has been put on lockdown after investigators found a suspicious device.

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A “suspicious package” that was found at Steele Canyon High School and prompted a lockdown that lasted for several hours, was full of party favors, according to deputies.

The package, addressed to a student, was sent via FedEx to the school’s administration building on Campo Rd. in Spring Valley Monday morning, according to investigators.

Deputies set up an inner and outer perimeter and put the school’s 2,200 students on lockdown. They were told to stay in their classrooms.

Concerned parents were told to go to a nearby Target parking lot for updates from school officials. By 12.30 p.m. hundreds of parents were waiting in the parking lot. Parents said they received text messages about 1 p.m. from their children who were told not to be disturbed if they heard a loud noise.

The Bomb Squad blew up the package, described as weighing about 20 pounds. It was full of party favors.

The lockdown was canceled about 2 p.m. and students were being released.

The suspicious package was located just south of last week’s pipe bomb incident in Rancho San Diego.

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