Colo. school evacuated after ‘something went off;’ no injuries |

Colo. school evacuated after ‘something went off;’ no injuries

PARKER – A high school south of Denver was evacuated Friday after “something went off” with a loud noise outside the building, but no injuries or damage were reported, authorities said.Douglas County sheriff’s Deputy Cocha Heyden said security staff at Ponderosa High School heard a loud noise shortly before 9 a.m. and began evacuating the building after a fire alarm sounded.Heyden said it was not immediately clear what caused the noise.She said sheriff’s deputies found a suspect outside the school who was carrying an unknown device. The device was secured, but authorities did not know what it was. Officers were searching the school for any other suspicious objects, Heyden said.Douglas County School District officials said the suspect was a student but did not provide further information. Classes were canceled for the rest of the day.Students were initially evacuated to an athletic field, and parents were told to pick up their children at a church near the school.The school has 1,958 students, according to state figures.Denver’s Morey Middle School near the Capitol was placed on lockdown later Friday after students told the principal another student may have been carrying a gun, police Detective Virginia Quinones said.A boy was arrested at a nearby park, but Quinones said it was unclear whether he was carrying a gun. No weapons were seen in the school, she said.Friday was the eighth anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings that left 13 people and two gunmen dead, but it was not immediately known if the new events were related to that.

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