Student arrested after explosive device found at Seattle school

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SEATTLE —

Police arrested a student who they said brought a small improvised explosive device to Eckstein Middle School in north Seattle Thursday morning.

 

Staff at the school found the components for the device in a search of the student's backpack, and called police, the Seattle Police Department said.

 

The small device was similar to a large firework and was not fully assembled, police said.

 

"Unless it was close to somebody, it would have only caused minor damage," said Sgt. Verner O'Quinn in a news release.

 

Police booked the student into the Youth Service Center on suspicion of possession of an explosive.