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Hoax Bomb ‘With Wires Sticking' Out Near School Brings Out NH Bomb Squad

The device was found on the Beech Street side of the school, Manchester police said

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A hoax bomb prompted the evacuation of a high school in Manchester, New Hampshire, Monday, as a bomb squad investigated, police said.

Central High School administrators reported a suspicious device that was “taped up with wires sticking out,” according to a statement from Manchester police.

Officers shut down streets near the school after the device, found on the Beech Street side of its Classical Building, was reported to police about 12:35 p.m., police said.

The school, which was conducting remote learning, was evacuated, as were neighboring buildings. A state police bomb squad was called in and it "disrupted" the device with a loud bang, according to Manchester police.

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Afterward, investigators determined the device was a hoax and cleared the scene.

“As the mother of a Central High School student this really hits home. I want to thank the Manchester Police Department, the School District, NH State Police and others for their collaboration and quick action in ensuring the safety of everyone in the area,” Mayor Joyce Craig said in a statement.

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