VINTON COUNTY, Ohio — A bomb scare led to the evacuation of two Vinton County schools earlier this afternoon.
Vinton County Sheriff Ryan Cain released a statement today regarding the bomb threat that led to the evacuation of students and staff from Vinton County middle and high schools.
According to the sheriff, deputies arrived at the middle school around 10:15 a.m. and began evacuations.
Students in the middle and high schools were taken to the nearby football field, where parents were able to pick up their children, and busing arrangements were made.
Sheriff Cain said additional first responders arrived on the scene as well as bomb-sniffing canine units from the Ohio University Police Department in Athens County. An additional canine unit was also requested from the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office.
Repeated searches of the facilities yielded no explosive devices, and both schools, the sheriff said, were deemed safe. They remained closed for the rest of the day.
The case, authorities said, remains under investigation.