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Worth County High School in Sylvester evacuated

School evacuated to search for “fireworks-like” device.

SYLVESTER — Students at Worth County High School, along with faculty and staff, were evacuated to the school gym Tuesday as a “safety precaution,” police officials say, while authorities searched for a potentially explosive device. The evacuation began at about 9:30 a.m. officials say.

Lt. Ronnie Graddy, investigation division commander with the Sylvester Police Department, said an “electronic-fireworks” type device was found in the school and that a juvenile is now in custody in connection with the placement of the device.

Kim Baker, special agent in charge with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Sylvester office, has confirmed that the GBI is assisting the Sylvester Police Department in the ongoing investigation in a “minor way,” and has sent a GBI bomb specialist to view the device.