Suspicious package that prompted lockdown at Newport News school not a threat

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A suspicious package that prompted a modified lockdown at Huntington Middle School Monday afternoon was not a threat.

Michelle Price with Newport News Schools says officials received a report from police about a suspicious package on 35th Street between Marshall and Wickham avenues. The package wasn’t on school property.

Price tells WAVY.com that Huntington Middle School went on a modified lockdown. Students were delayed going home because they were being held inside. Price said around 3:30 p.m. that she believed students had been released. Parents were notified about the situation with phone calls or emails.

Fire officials say the suspicious package was not a threat. It was determined to be a smoke detector that had been thrown away in a trash can. People nearby heard the smoke detector beeping and were concerned.

The bomb squad responded to the scene to investigate.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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