Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives report that they have positively identified a 17 year old student attending the Toledo Jr/Sr High School in his senior year as being responsible for possessing an Explosive Pest Control Device (EPCD), commonly referred to as a “Seal Bomb”, which was found in a classroom by a teacher on Wednesday. Discovery of the device, used to scare away sea lions from marker buoys or jettys so they can be maintained, prompted the evacuation of the entire school.
Based on the investigative findings of Sheriff’s Detectives, it was determined school officials had not received any verbal or written threats before, during, or after the incident, or any indication the device was to be detonated.
Authorities did not name the student since the student is a minor.
The investigation has been forwarded to the Lincoln County Juvenile Department and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office for further review. School officials were notified of the investigative findings including the identity of the student responsible for the incident.
In addition to use by the Coast Guard seal bombs are commonly used by local fisherman to protect their fishing gear, and their catch from sea lions and other predators, during normal fishing operations.