Rhode Island News reports that in Pawtucket:
The suspicious-looking object that forced the evacuation of Tolman High School on Thursday wasnâ€™t a pipe bomb â€” it was part of a pipe organ.
Tolman Principal Frederick W. Silva said yesterday that a couple of students had pried the pipe loose from the schoolâ€™s circa 1927 pipe organ, which was walled off in a recent renovation of the high school auditorium and forgotten.
Tolmanâ€™s 1,300 students were sent home and the state fire marshalâ€™s bomb squad was called in after a teacher spotted the object in a second-floor locker and alerted school officials.
Bomb squad members couldnâ€™t figure out what the object was. They destroyed it as a precaution, applying a small explosive charge.
Because the detonation wasnâ€™t followed by a bigger explosion, officials concluded that the object probably wasnâ€™t a bomb. But because it looked so sinister, Pawtucket police officials asked the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to get involved, handing the fragments over to a BATF agent late Thursday afternoon.
Silva said school officials learned the object was part of Tolmanâ€™s decommissioned pipe organ when the two students who took it confessed, saying they had stuck the object in the locker for safekeeping.
Isn’t it marvellous that we have all these public agencies staffed with trained experts and professionals to protect us?
When I read this kind of thing, I inevitably reflect that there was a time when America had high schools with organs which they actually used, and when nincompoops were not empowered and placed in charge of public safety. But we don’t live in that time. Sigh.