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'Suspicious device' found on school bus in Lompoc was ammo can used as lunch box

Santa Lucia Canyon Rd closed for hours

Suspicious device found on school bus...

LOMPOC, Calif. - A suspicious device on a school bus was reported near the United States Penitentiary in Lompoc, causing roads to close Wednesday morning, drawing the attention of people who live close to the area.

"I think the guards and the police do an amazing job here with protecting us and keeping us safe cause as soon as something happens here, we immediately get an alert if you have the app or people do get alerts and everybody knows," said Pamela Barnett, who lives close to the area.

The prison reportedly went on lockdown, and the bomb squad was called out to the area of Santa Lucia Canyon Road between Lompoc and Highway 1, which police promptly shut down. A notification on the Lompoc Police Department app was sent at about 9 a.m., advising drivers to avoid the area. 

Lompoc police, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad, the prison staff, Vandenberg Air Force Base, the FBI and the Lompoc Unified School District all worked together to assess the potential threat as quickly as possible.

After an hours-long investigation, authorities determined the "suspicious device" was actually an ammo can that was left by a student who was using it as a lunch box.

Officers say there were no kids on the bus. 


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