A small explosion occurred inside a Memphis, Tenn. high school today. Two students have been arrested in connection with the incident.
According to WLTZ, the Craigmont High School in Memphis was evacuated after explosions were heard and school staff members smelled the presence of smoke.
"After receiving the threat, members of the school staff heard a loud noise and saw fumes," Memphis police said in a statement, reported APF News.
Reportedly, two homemade bombs were detonated, one on the second floor of the high school, one on the third. Memphis PD Sgt. Karen Rudolph said the police dept. had received a phone call just before 11:30 a.m. CT in connection with the bombs, purportedly, someone had called the school warning about the explosives, according to CNN.
"What it appears is that we had a student or two do a prank," said Staci Franklin, a spokeswoman for Memphis schools. The bombs were described as a "mailbox bomb."
The school, which has approximately 1,300 students, was evacuated, and no one was reportedly injured. Although, one of the school's assistant principals sought medical treatment for smoke inhalation; it was described in media reports the staff member is in non-critical condition.
WMC-TV reported the bombs were constructed of cleaning solution and aluminum foil.
School bomb threats, real or invented, are unfortunately a reality. SchoolSecurity.org notes, "In general, the best practice followed by most school and public safety officials is to evaluate each incident on a case-by-case basis and determine whether to evacuate accordingly."
Two students were arrested in connection with what has been described as both a prank and a deliberate explosion at the Memphis school today. At this time, few other details are available, but the school did have an early dismissal today.