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Update: Elaborate bomb threat hoax closes school in Saratoga Springs for day

Posted at 7:26 AM, Aug 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-19 13:46:35-04

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah - Westlake High School is closed after a bomb threat at the school.

Authorities said the threat was called in early Tuesday morning in a planned out scheme.

Saratoga Springs Police Chief Andrew Burton said authorities were called about 3 a.m.

He said the suspect called in the threat through a Skype account with a computer generated voice.

The caller said 10 devices were planted in the school and asked for a $10 million ransom to be put in an offshore account.

Chief Burton said the account number was put on a piece of paper and placed in the school auditorium.

The caller told police if police found and defused the bomb, he would come to the school strapped with explosives and carrying guns.

Students started arriving at 6 a.m. and were out of the school by 7:15 a.m. while bomb-sniffing dogs swept the buildings.

Authorities said there were two previous incidents at the school just days ago.

A person was reported on the roof and ceiling tiles were reported moved in a classroom.

No devices were ever found and faculty has been allowed into the school.

The school said teachers are to report Tuesday, what was supposed to be the first day of school.

Students will return to school Wednesday.

Those responsible for this incident could be facing felony charges.

Officials said they do not believe any other schools or students are in danger.

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