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Pioneer Elementary Evacuated After Student Brings Hand Grenades to School


Students at Pioneer Elementary in Bismarck are evacuated after a student brings two World War II hand grenades to school.

The student didn't intend to harm or scare anyone, but there were some tense moments as the school was vacated for the bomb squad.

Pioneer Elementary was surrounded by police cars and the Bismarck Bomb Squad around 2pm.

School officials made the decision to evacuate quickly--leaving jackets hanging on hooks--after they learned a student had two World War II hand grenades in the school.

"Based on the investigation this child didn't mean any harm and he certainly wasn't doing it to terrorize people or to scare people we figured that out pretty fast but we still treated it as an unknown which it was," says Bismarck Public Schools Superintendent Tamara Uselman.

The bomb squad determined the hand grenades were not live and removed them from the school by 3pm.

School officials made notified parents by text message by 2:45 that all kids were safe. An email followed with more details.

"I mean I didn't think they would say that everybody was safe if they weren't so I felt like everybody was safe. A little weird though to walk up to the school and see the bomb squad and all the police and stuff like that," says parent Tammi Winbauer.

Uselman says she is happy with how the school handled the event.

"And the other thing that we have that were so thankful for is our school resource officers they were on sight in seconds and have the bomb squad here and building evacuated and just took over like I said so it was incredible teamwork and the kids were shepherded through the whole thing pretty safely," says Uselman.

Students and parents were allowed back in the school to retrieve backpacks and coats shortly after three-ending an hour many will never forget.

School will resume as normal tomorrow at Pioneer.

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