Bomb hoax disrupts Immanuel High School

Explosive Ordnance Disposal team dispatched to investigate suspicious device, bomb squad assures school is safe

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published May 15, 2024  • 
9:30 am
On May 14, various law enforcement agencies responded to a bomb threat at Immanuel High School in Reedley, which was discovered to be a hoax. (Danny Jimenez)
On May 14, various law enforcement agencies responded to a bomb threat at Immanuel High School in Reedley, which was discovered to be a hoax. (Danny Jimenez)

REEDLEY – Fresno County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was dispatched to Immanuel High School in Reedley Tuesday morning after a suspicious looking package was discovered at the back of the performance lab in the school’s chapel.

EOD investigated the device and discovered it was a hoax on May 14. The package was created to resemble an actual pipe bomb. EOD dismantled the device, confirming it did not contain explosives.

Reedley Police Chief Jose Garza said, “Investigators from the Reedley Police Department are actively pursuing leads to identify and apprehend those responsible for this alarming incident. The community’s cooperation and assistance are vital in this effort. Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is urged to contact the Reedley Police Department.”

On its Facebook page, the Reedley Police Department posted that the department received the report of the device at 10:27 a.m. According to the post, RPD worked with school officials coordinating evacuations and implementing a campus-wide lockdown.

After EOD completed its investigation, the lockdown was lifted and the school reopened; however, streets adjacent to the school remained blocked off.

The school issued a series of messages to parents advising them to stay away from the campus until authorities thoroughly assessed the situation. Parents were told they could not pick up students while the campus was on lockdown.

Mid Valley Times Staff