TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — A Birmingham man who claims affiliation with the Black Panthers and Black Mafia and a woman have been arrested and charged in connection with the bomb threat at Magnolia Elementary School last week.
The charges come after Trussville police, the ATF and Metro Area Crime Center worked together to find who was behind the suspicious device containing explosives on a vehicle in the school’s parking lot.
On Nov. 16, Magnolia Elementary School students were put on lockdown in the storm shelter while officials examined the device left on a vehicle in the parking lot and rendered it harmless. Other Trussville schools were put on soft lockdown as a precaution.
Investigators discovered the device, made with a timer, wires, gun powder and playdough, was not equipped to actually detonate, but was made to look like a functional bomb to draw a large amount of law enforcement officers to the scene.
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