BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Kern County Sheriff's officials say what they thought was an explosive device at a Bakersfield high school turned out to be a plumbing tool.
The tool was seen in a restroom at North High School during the lunch hour, prompting students to be evacuated and the sheriff's bomb squad to be dispatched.
Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt says it resembled a pipe bomb, but turned out to be harmless. He says it's unclear who left it in the bathroom. The school has been undergoing construction.
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