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Explosions prompt early dismissal at Bakersfield High School

Explosions prompt early dismissal at Bakersfield High School »Play Video
Bakersfield High School is seen Monday, May 20, 2013, while city firefighters and police investigate a firecracker-type sound. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Lou Enriquez)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Bakersfield High School was locked down and then students were released early during an investigation into small explosions on campus.

A battalion chief told Eyewitness News that multiple firecracker-type sounds were heard Monday morning. Battalion Chief Anthony Galagaza and police spokeswoman Michaela Beard confirmed three explosions at the school.

"It is reported to me the device used was a plastic water bottle, water, and a common household chemical such as baking powder," Kern High School District spokesman John Teves wrote in an email. "Once the bottle is sealed tight, the chemical and the water react, producing pressure. It is only a matter of time before the bottle explodes."

The fire department was called just after 11 for something that exploded outside the science building. Within a few minutes, something blew up in a boys' bathroom at Warren Hall and outside the Industrial Arts Bldg.

One student was detained.

No injuries were reported. Authorities were using hazmat gear as a precaution.

Students were released from class early, with a place for parents to pick up students via automobile at 14th and F streets, according to authorities. The campus was cleared and declared safe by 1:45 p.m.

Raw video: Police, fire respond to explosions at BHS