Suspected pipe bomb forces evacuation of Layton elementary school

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  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    April 23, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    Pardon me, but it's not particularly good reporting when readers are left with glaring questions unanswered. Ask the obvious questions. If the answers are unavailable, that is good information, too.

    As for moving the pipe "bomb"--I'm sure the maintenance worker was just trying to be helpful, but he may have jeopardized not only his own life, but those of the students below by touching or moving a suspected bomb. A simple mercury switch, had one been included, could have triggered the bomb with the slightest movement. Best leave that to the bomb squad AFTER the school has been evacuated. I'm sure those involved were trying to spare the feelings of the maintenance worker by not expounding on his approach, but it doesn't serve the reading public well to not take the opportunity to educate others regarding the proper procedure with a suspicious object.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    April 23, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    ... or maybe "rendered safe" means the experts examined it and determined it wasn't a pipe bomb, after all.

    The terrorists have won.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    April 23, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    Wait. Aren't there laws against pipe bombs?

  • Beaver Native Garland, UT
    April 23, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    The article says that the device was "rendered" safe, an indication that something was actually done to make it safe. That most likely means that there are good reasons to suspect that it was a bomb and not just a piece of pipe. Perhaps the reporter didn't state whether or not it was actually a bomb because the lab has not completed the analysis or are not yet willing to state whether it was a bomb or not.

    I think the reporter actually did a good job in the article by not jumping to conclusions. Instead, he reported the facts without bias.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2013 11:00 p.m.

    But was it or not? The article never said!

    It never said! lol

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    April 22, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    My how things have changed. As an administrator in Rexburg, Idaho a student blew up a pipe bomb in the locker room. He was given two months suspension from school and was allowed to come back to school the next Fall. He then assaulted one of the administrators in the hallway. The superintendent told the administrator if he had not told the student to get into his classroom the incident would not have happened. This incident occurred in 1993. My have things changed.

  • Archie1954 Vancouver, BC
    April 22, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    Sometimes such foolish stunts are not meant to be dangerous but are just the same. We had a similar stunt at our high school several years a go when a pipe bomb exploded in a student's locker. Thank goodness no one was injured and minimum damage was done. After an investigation it was discovered that the son of the German Counsel with diplomatc immunity had set off the bomb as a joke. Needless to say he was shipped off back to Germany to finish his education. Some kids just don't have the brains to understand what the consequences of their so called jokes could be.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 22, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Maybe it was just a pipe?

    C'mon DNews, how about a little more digging to get the rest of the facts!

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    April 22, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    If you think it is a pipe bomb, why would you pick it up and move it? This maintenance worker needs some retraining.