UPDATE: Student arrested for bomb threat at Washington H.S.

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PHOENIX -- A 19-year-old senior from Washington High school was arrested in connection with a bomb threat at the school on Thursday.

Oscar Zevada-Franco faces charges of misconduct involving simulated explosive devices and interference with or disruptive of an educational institution.


PHOENIX -- Washington High School at 22nd and Glendale avenues was evacuated Thursday morning after a suspicious device was found.

Students on high alert

Phoenix police officers say a student walking through a courtyard at the school spotted something suspicious attached to a light pole just before 9 a.m.

Phoenix police spokesman Officer James Holmes described the device as two small metal cylinders with wires protruding from the top. The device was covered with a putty-type material and a ticking watch was attached.

The object was attached to the pole about 5 feet above the ground.

Students were evacuated to the football field and the bomb squad was called in to investigate.

Holmes said the bomb squad fired a water cannon at the device and removed it from the pole. It was determined the device was fake.

After a search of the campus by the bomb squad, Phoenix Fire personnel and school staff, no other suspicious items were discovered.

The students were allowed to return to class.

Holmes said at this time there are no reports of written or verbal threats to the school, staff or students.

The incident is under investigation.