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May 10, 2013 5:33 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Teen's alleged threats about explosives forces evacuation, school lockdown

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's officials say a 16-year old at-risk teen from Washington state made threats about having explosives in his vehicle, prompting an evacuation and school lockdown in Goleta on Friday.

Authorities in Washington contacted local officials Friday morning, to let them know the teen was likely in the Santa Barbara area.

Deputies spotted the teen in the parking lot of the Turnpike Shopping Center. The teen reportedly told them he had explosives in his vehicle.

The bomb squad was called in, nearby businesses were evacuated and San Marcos High School was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Sheriff's officials say the bomb squad found only simulated explosive devices and a modified air soft gun in the car.

The teen is receiving a mental health evaluation.

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