CALDWELL -- Police used a bomb-sniffing dog to search Caldwell High School Friday morning after several pipe bombs were found in nearby home the day before.
Both police and school officials say the move was necessary to protect students from danger.
Police say the explosives in question were found during the search and arrest of 41-year-old Troy Thomas Hinkle. Hinkle was taken into custody Thursday evening at a home on Walnut Street in Caldwell. Police described the explosive devices as pipe bombs with fuses.
However, it's the connection between the home and Caldwell High School that had many concerned parents calling, emailing, and Facebooking KTVB on Friday.
That's because authorities evacuated and searched the high school after learning that a student may have had access to the home in which the bombs were found.
DISTRICT ASKS POLICE TO RESPOND
District officials asked the Caldwell Police Department to conduct the search Friday moring.
However, Police say they had no evidence linking the student to the bombs. Furthermore, they say the student in question was not in attendance at the time of the search.
The move was largely a precaution.
Caldwell School District Superintendent Tim Rosendick said district employees and police made the decision to evacuate and search the school after learning of the incident the night before.
"That's what we did as a precaution just to make sure it was safe," Rosendick told KTVB. "We're going to always err on the side of protecting our kids."
Rosendick said the students were evacuated just after 9 a.m. and were allowed back inside at 10:18 a.m.
Caldwell police say about 8 to 10 officers conducted the search with the help of a bomb-sniffing dog.
POLICE: NO EVIDENCE LINKING STUDENT TO BOMBS
Captain Frank Wyant said the bomb search turned up nothing of concern. However, he also emphasized the concern police have when protecting students from possible dangers.
"We'd rather disrupt a little bit of school than to take chances," Wyant told KTVB.
Asked if police or school officials had reason to suspect the student played any part in the manufacture of explosives or other illegal activities, both Rosendick and Wyant said no.
"We had no reason to believe any of the kids from the house had anything to do with it," Wyant told KTVB.