Unattended Duffel Bag Forces Pacoima Middle School Lockdown

Staff and students were evacuated and parents lined up outside the school during the bomb squad investigation

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    A lockdown at Pacoima Middle School was lifted after officers investigated two suspicious packages outside the campus. John Cádiz Klemack reports live from Pacoima on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.

    A lockdown at a Los Angeles County middle school was lifted after authorities found no threat following reports of two suspicious packages outside the front gate of the campus.

    Officers responded around 8:20 a.m. to reports of a suspicious duffel bag in front of Pacoima Middle School in the 9900 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Staff and students were evacuated to the PE field as the bomb squad investigated the packages, officials said. Robotic messages were sent to parents to notify them of the situation. 

    Ariel footage showed crowds of adults gathering outside the school fences. An investigator could be seen around 11:20 a.m. searching a bag near brush outside the school. The bag appeared to be full of clothes.

     Parents told NBC4 that school was still in session for the day unless students were checked out. 

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