Feds left 'explosives' material aboard school bus after training exercises, parents told

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 2:36 AM

The materials were packed in a container and placed in the engine compartment of a bus at Briar Woods High School in Loudoun County on March twenty-four, executive said.

Feds left 'explosives' material aboard school bus after training exercises, parents told

Kids in a northern VA public school district unknowingly rode a school bus this week that was also carrying “explosives training materials” left behind by the CIA after it conducted exercises with local law enforcement agencies, executive acknowledged Thursday.

The materials were packed in a container and placed in the engine compartment of a bus at Briar Woods High School in Loudoun County on March twenty-four, executive said. It was discovered nearly a week later during a maintenance check of the bus – which by then had carried dozens of kids, including elementary school students, for at minimum two days.

“During the exercise, explosive training material was inadvertently left by the CIA K-9 unit in one of the buses used in the exercise,” the CIA said in a statement, which also stated the materials didn't pose a danger to anyone riding the bus.

After Wednesday’s discovery, local law enforcement executive and eventually the CIA were called to retrieve the materials. Both the CIA and local officials, including the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Marshal, which had also taken portion in the exercises, declined to give a more precise description of the materials after meeting with school officials Thursday.

“The exact nature of the training material used in this exercise isn't being released at the request of the CIA so as not to compromise its training techniques,” county Executive said.

executive said the material had fallen out of the container and into the engine compartment, where it went uncollected – and unnoticed - for nearly a week.

Latest week was spring crack in the district, but the bus was in service on Monday and Tuesday, making eight runs totaling one hundred forty-five miles, and carrying twenty-six students attending Rock Ridge High School, Buffalo Trace Elementary School and Pinebrook Elementary School, school officials said.

After the discovery, school executive sent out an email to parents of students in the district, but the alert was brief on answers and left many parents wanting a fuller explanation.

“During a routine maintenance procedure Wednesday, a Loudoun County transportation employee found an explosive training material on a school bus used in an exercise by a Federal Government agency latest week,” the initial email stated. “The explosive training material was in a benign state and couldn't be activated through normal operation of the bus.”

One parent of a Buffalo Trace pupil, who asked not to be named, told FoxNews. com she didn't realize why the CIA was conducting training on school grounds, and said she was dubious about the explanation of what was left behind.

“What are ‘explosives training materials’ anyway?” she said. “That could imply a lot of things, none of which belong on a school bus.”

CIA officials said the training was routine and portion of exercises its personnel do with local law enforcement throughout the metro area.

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