Berks

Suspicious package clears school, closes Route 724 in Cumru

Box was student's physics project, officials say

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - Police took no chances in their investigation of what appeared to be suspicious package aboard a school bus in Berks County, calling in the bomb squad for a closer look.

The box was found Wednesday afternoon aboard a bus outside the Cumru Elementary School on Route 724 in Cumru Township.

The Reading Police Department's bomb squad responded to the scene and managed to determine that the package was a student's physics project that had been left on the bus. It posed no harm, officials said.

Until that determination could be made, however, officials evacuated the few remaining teachers who remained inside the school building after dismissal and closed Route 724 between New Castle Drive and Cedar Top Road, at the entrance to the Kenhorst Plaza shopping center.

Westbound traffic on 724 was forced to turn around in the shopping center's parking lot, causing a backlog of traffic along the normally busy stretch of road between Kenhorst and Shillington.

The road reopened around 5 p.m.


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