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Police searching for pipe bomber

LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Police are searching for the person or group who left a pipe bomb on the roof of Mountain View Elementary.
"Everybody felt safe. It was orderly. I really felt that our staff and our PTA really stepped it up and did a fantastic job," -Michelle Taylor
LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Police are searching for the person or group who left a pipe bomb on the roof of Mountain View Elementary.

Investigators have gathered video from 16 different cameras in and around Mountain View Elementary. They're sifting through hundreds of hours of video in the hopes of finding a possible suspect or group responsible for planting the pipe bomb on the roof.

A janitor found the device April 22 around noon. School leaders immediately evacuated the students as the bomb squad was called in. Layton Police Department Spokesman Sean Horton says a bomb squad destroyed the device. It was a 4 inch long plastic PVC pipe filled with explosives with a diameter between 1 and 1.25 inches in diameter. Horton says it was as powerful as an M-80.

"I'm pretty sure it was some ridiculous teenage prank and you know what we just need to make sure we're keeping closer tabs on our kids and teaching them right from wrong," said parent Michelle Taylor.

Crisis counselors were stationed at the school to provide support for students for faculty members. Mountain View Elementary Principal Don Beatty says about two students used the services for support. Parents suspect they know why the need for this support was low. "What they found wasn't really some terrorist attack thing. It's more like a teenager thing," said Rosa Griffin.

Mountain View parents, teachers and administrators are praising the April 22 evacuation. They say it was orderly and calm. Teachers and parents say students had no idea a bomb was on the roof, which administrators say enabled a more organized and focused evacuation.

"Everybody felt safe. It was orderly. I really felt that our staff and our PTA really stepped it up and did a fantastic job," said Taylor.

Call the Layton Police Department with tips.





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