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Branford High School was evacuated and closed due to a bomb threat on Thursday, according to police. (WFSB) Branford High School was evacuated and closed due to a bomb threat on Thursday, according to police. (WFSB)
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Branford High School was evacuated and closed on Thursday morning because of a bomb threat.

Police said the threat was received on the school's answering machine just before 9:00 a.m. The threat stated "that an explosive device may be placed within the school facility," police said. 

According to police, all of the students are safe and were transported by buses to the Walsh Intermediate School where orderly pickups took place. 

Channel 3 was on the scene when members of the bomb squad and their dogs arrived.

“Branford Police, utilizing the assistance of the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad have searched the Branford High School and it is safe to reopen,” Branford Police Chief Kevin Halloran said in a statement on Thursday. “There was an extremely well run coordinated effort with the School Superintendents office to ensure the safe evacuation of all students and staff.”

Police said as a precaution, they closed Branford High School early.

Parents said the whole situation made them nervous. One woman described hearing it from her son.

"He said there was a bomb threat," said Jackie Burzynski of Branford. "He'll let me know more and then he texted me that they were getting bused to Walsh and he texted me to come pick him up."

Parents were told not to head to Walsh until instructed to do so.

"[It's] crazy," said Nancy Kendrick, of Branford. "My stomach dropped. [I] left work, rushed home, so I don't know. It's scary."

School officials said a separate message was sent later to direct students and staff on how to retrieve their vehicles at the high school.

“It was a very carefully coordinated response to an unforeseen event. We were able to work closely with our Emergency Response partners to swiftly and safely mitigate this incident," Superintendent of Schools, Hamlet Hernandez said in a statement on Thursday.

The Branford Police Detective Division is conducting an investigation to determine the caller’s identity. 

"Certainly our detective division, who is investigating this will be talking with the East Haven detectives as well to see if there are any similarities and whether or not this was a concerted effort by someone to disrupt more than one school system," Branford Police Captain Geoff Morgan said. 

Students, teachers, and staff were evacuated at East Haven High School on Thursday morning after a bomb threat. Classes resumed 10:30 a.m. after a precautionary sweep of the building found nothing. 

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