The Michigan State Police bomb squad was called to the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 5301 Hatchery Road in Waterford after a backpack stocked with suspicious items was found on Thursday, June 16.
Around 8 a.m. after seeing three juveniles toting the backpack into a wooded area that separates the church from Pierce Middle School, a parent alerted the school principal, who then notified police.
The backpack contained a number of items, including toilet bowl cleaner, cans of energy drinks bound together with packing tape, cans of energy drinks wrapped with tape and liquid-soaked tissue, Airsoft handguns and ammunition, spray paint, a light switch, compact discs, a compact disc player, coins, and other miscellaneous items.
As a precautionary measure, the Waterford Police Department’s on-scene commander requested the assistance of the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad to respond and ensure the contents of the backpack were not explosive, and to secure the scene.
Police and school officials interviewed the three juveniles. It appears at this time their intentions were only mischievous, according to Waterford police.
The incident is still under investigation and will be reviewed for possible criminal charges.