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August 24, 2013

Authorities: backpack no threat to school

Authorities: backpack no threat to school

TRAVERSE CITY — Authorities don’t believe a backpack with knives and ammunition found near Traverse City West Senior High School was a threat to the school.

Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Capt. Dave Meachum said the 20-minute lockdown on Thursday was a “precaution.” He said a school employee mowing the grass found the backpack a few feet off the asphalt near a Gallagher Road cul-de-sac and saw a machete handle sticking out.

Fifteen sheriff’s department personnel searched school properties using dogs, but did not find any other suspicious items.

Meachum said detectives don’t know where the bag came from, but it was similar to a “go bag” used by hunters and could have been stolen from a hunting shed. He said its contents included two boxes of old ammunition, five “utility-type” knives, two folding knives, four single-blade knives, a flashlight with no battery, a metal “mess kit,” a folding shovel, a package of steel wool, three disposable razors and a disposable rain poncho.

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