Police: Student took mortar to elementary school; Building evacuated
Authorities reopened Fruitland Park Elementary
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. – A Lake County elementary school reopened Thursday morning after a student took a mortar to school, forcing an evacuation, authorities said.
Fruitland Park Elementary School was evacuated and students were relocated to a nearby church Thursday morning. A roadway, Fountain Street, which runs near the school, was also shut down.
Fruitland Park police and the Lake County bomb squads said the ammunition was a 40mm round, 2-inches in diameter and 7 inches in length, with markings that indicated it was highly explosive. But it was later determined to be inactive.
Officials collected the mortar with a robot and removed it, officials said.
School officials said the fifth-grader was showing his friends the mortar when one of them alerted a school official.
The student, a fifth-grade boy, will have "proper action taken against him," according to the Lake County School Board.
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