All clear at Pleasant Glade Elementary near Olympia after bomb threat, evacuation

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Deputies say students were safely evacuated from a Thurston County elementary school on Friday after a bomb threat.

Sgt. Carla Carter of the Thurston County sheriff’s office said someone came to Pleasant Glade Elementary saying they were going to blow it up with propane tanks, and a suspicious package was found. The school was being searched for anything else that didn’t belong.

Just before 2 p.m., the Washington State Patrol bomb squad began “disrupting” the device. At 3:18 p.m., the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office tweeted: “The scene at Pleasant Glade Elementary is now clear. The investigation continues.”

Thurston County sheriff John Snaza said investigators were going through surveillance video in an attempt to identify the suspect.

“The individual left a note explaining that there are possibly other devices in the area,” Snaza said.

The school was placed on lockdown before noon. Authorities then safely evacuated students from the school.

The Washington State Patrol has been called to the scene to investigate.

North Thurston Public Schools are asking parents NOT to come to the school, but to instead pick them up at the Bally’s building at 200 Sleater Kinney Rd.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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