Multiple Calls Of Suspicious Packages Keep OKC Police Busy

Wednesday, April 24th 2013, 10:37 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

Bomb scares across the city kept the Oklahoma City police and bomb squad busy, Wednesday.

It started just before two o'clock when OKC police and the bomb squad were called to the area of 17th and Douglas after someone who lives nearby thought they saw a backpack and heard ticking inside a dumpster.   

This was the first of three suspicious backpacks police responded to just since Thursday afternoon. The call led OKC to shut down the part of 17th street and put nearby Classen School of Advanced Studies on lockdown.  

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"We were playing in the gym and I saw coach Garrett come into our class and say this isn't a drill and coach started yelling for us to get in the locker rooms,"  said Jacob Wallace, a student at Classen.  

The dumpster was not on school property but close enough that administrators made the announcement that the school was on lock down. Students say they immediately started looking for information on the internet.

"Everyone just got on their phones and tried to find out the source of the panic," said Honeih Sowdager, a student.


The scare was one of several that would keep the bomb squad busy. Including another suspicious backpack at a Sam's club in Midwest City, and a suspicious package near Sheridan and Dewey in downtown OKC.

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The scare near Classen would wreak havoc on the rest of the school day.

"The fact that it was so close to the end of the school day really complicated things because at the point the kids and the staff were ready to be dismissed," said Tierney Tinnin, OKCPS Media Services Director.

And on parent's nerves.

"I was scared after everything you hear these days, I was scared, prayed that everything would be fine," said Sowdager's mother Farinaz Sowdager.  

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