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Schools Shut Down as SWAT Team Looks for Explosives

Schools Shut Down as SWAT Team Looks for Explosives

Posted - Apr. 1, 2004 at 8:22 a.m.



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Sandra Yi reportingThere were some tense moments in Weber County this morning.

As the SWAT team searched a South Ogden home for possible explosives, two nearby schools briefly shut down as a precaution. It was all part of a long investigation into a drug ring.

Schools Shut Down as SWAT Team Looks for Explosives

Authorities executed four search warrants today, including one at a South Ogden home.

The search of a home, near 646 E. 43rd St. in Ogden, caused some commotion as authorities had information there was an explosive device inside a safe. Neighbors were evacuated. No bomb was found.

Authorities this morning also served search warrants at three other Ogden area homes and an auto dealership. It was all part of a six month investigation of a drug ring.

During that time authorities recovered three pounds of meth and over a pound of marijuana. Fifteen people have also been arrested, half of them this morning. They also recovered some firearms, including stolen assault rifles.

Schools Shut Down as SWAT Team Looks for Explosives

Neighbors say there was really no indication of any suspicious activity going on.

Edna Silverthorn, Evacuated Neighbor: "All I can say is I hope they found what they were looking for because this is an older neighborhood, and we have two schools here, and I think that's a shame. They're getting closer and closer to where they shouldn't be."

Those two schools she mentioned are South Ogden Junior High and Marlon Hills Elementary. Both schools put their emergency plans in place, just as a precaution. The schools were closed early this morning and all the students were told to stay on the football field.

At eight o'clock, the scene was cleared and students were allowed inside the schools. Classes at the junior high were only delayed 20 minutes. The elementary School didn't start for another 20 minutes.

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