BURLINGTON, NJ (CBS) — Police say all students were evacuated from Wilbur Watts Intermediate School in Burlington County, New Jersey after police found a replica hand grenade just before 8 a.m. Friday morning.
Chopper 3 was over the scene of the school on the 500 block of High Street in Burlington, New Jersey.
ALERT: Area around WWIS Closed.Building evacuated for police investigation. Directions to come shortly for parents. Do not go to the School.
— Burl City PD (NJ) (@BurlCityPDNJ) September 11, 2015
Sgt. John Fine, of Burlington City, says two police officers discovered the suspicious item in a playground area. Police say officers immediately requested assistance and Emergency Plans were placed into effect with the City of Burlington School District.
Officials say all students were evacuated from the school.
Upon further investigation, police determined the device was not live or real.
Authorities deemed the area safe just after 9:30 a.m.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call Det. Matthew Mercuri at 609-386-0262 Ext. 273.