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Suspected 'McGyver' bomb at school inert, authorities say
Suspected 'McGyver' bomb at school inert, authorities say

Authorities said a suspected "McGyver" bomb found near an east side Madison school Tuesday night turned out not to be a safety hazard. Police said the department did not believe students or staff at the school were in danger.

The Madison fire and police departments said a custodian found a suspicious plastic soda bottle at Hawthorne Elementary School on Concord Avenue at 7:11 p.m.

The fire department said the 20-ounce bottle of diet soda half full with a purple liquid was in the school's parking lot.

Police officers were first on scene first and coned off the area. A fire department hazardous incident team member thought the bottle appeared to be a "McGyver" bomb and that the purple liquid might be toilet bowl cleaner, according to a release from the fire department. Police said there have been cases where liquid-filled plastic bottle have contained harmful household chemicals which can explode under certain conditions.

The Dane County Bomb Squad punctured the bottle with a pike pole and it was determined to not be hazardous. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the object was disposed of safely.

"In this case, the MPD is not aware of any direct threats aimed at Hawthorne students or staff," DeSpain said.

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