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SLIDESHOW: Moses Lake Bomb Scare Hoax

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) - The bomb scare that closed a school in Moses Lake for the day was a hoax.
An investigator told the Columbia Basin Herald it was road flares taped together.
The Grant County sheriff's office says a call early Tuesday led officers to find the suspicious item under playground equipment at Larson Heights Elementary School. The district decided to close the school for the day. A Richland police bomb squad determined the bomb threat was a hoax.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The bomb scare situation at Larson Heights Elementary in Moses Lake is now over. Police have determined that it was a hoax. A person called 911 Tuesday morning stating that there was a bomb on the school property. Police arrived and found a device under some playground equipment.  The bomb squad arrived shortly after and discovered that it was not an explosive device but was clearly intended to look like an explosive device. 
 
School officials decided to closed school for the day. Parents were alerted via an automated phone alert system that they just got last year. This is the first time they've used the system in an actual emergency situation and district officials are very pleased with how the system worked.
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