Bomb Squad Responds to Christian Preschool

County squad determined two suspicious bags contained nothing but clothing

A brief bomb scare at the Wyckoff Christian Preschool Monday morning turned out to be just a false alarm, according to officials.

The Bergen County Bomb Squad responded to a call from the Wyckoff Police Department at 8:38 a.m., according to a statement from Lieutenant James Mullin of the Bergen County Police Department.

Cops called the county squad after discovering two suspicious packages — one duffle bag and another white plastic garbage bag — located near the fence at preschool the playground. 

It's unclear who made the initial call into and whether or not the school was evacuated while technicians investigated.

The bags contained clothing, bomb technicians determined at the scene.

School officials didn't immediately respond for comment on this incident, but Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox said dismissed the incident.

"This was just being safe," he said. "It was nothing."

A similar incident occurred , after the county bomb squad used an x-ray to determine that a suspicious brown briefcase left on the sidewalk next to Capital One Bank was empty and not a danger to the public, according to authorities.

Police and fire officials had closed East Ridgewood Avenue and evacuated residents there Tuesday afternoon just before 4 p.m. between Broad Street and Chestnut Street on report from a bank employee that the suitcase was left unattended.

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