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Lockdown lifted, suspicious device investigation continues

THORNTON, Colo. -- A lockdown for several schools in Thornton was lifted after a bomb squad rendered a suspicious device safe.

Police were investigating a suspected explosive device found in the back of a City of Thornton trash truck at about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The truck stopped behind the Sunrise Shopping Center at 9131 N. Washington St.

"The driver observed a suspicious device in a trash bag in the rear of his trash truck," says Thornton Police spokesman Matt Barnes. "The device appeared to be approximately 8” inches long and appeared to have a fuse protruding from one end, according to the witness."

Barnes says the Adams County Bomb Squad responded to render the device safe. He also says it is undergoing further testing to determine whether it was a functional explosive device or not.

It is unknown at this time where and when the trash containing the device was placed into the trash truck. The truck’s route was in the south Thornton area.


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