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The Englewood Police Department is “actively investigating” what appeared to be a pipe bomb, that was later found to be non-explosive, found on Jan. 16 in the field beside Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice, located along Chenango Avenue west of Acoma Street, according to an announcement from Englewood Schools Superintendent Wendy Rubin.

The device was discovered by a local resident who immediately called the police, the announcement says. The Arapahoe County Bomb Squad was brought in to take possession of the device and look for any similar devices, and no more were found.

Bomb squad specialists later determined the device was non-explosive, Englewood Police spokesperson Tracy Jones said. 

Rubin wrote that “we have no reason to believe this incident is connected to our schools,” but noted that “it is still very concerning. The safety of our staff and students is our highest priority.”

Rubin’s announcement said that going forward, “In addition to our standard safety protocols, our security and facilities personnel will be increasing their inspections of our schools and grounds for the foreseeable future. We will continue to partner with and work alongside Englewood Police as they investigate this matter and work to keep our schools and community safe.”

Rubin urged residents to reach out to police about anything suspicious in the community, regardless of location. “Because a community member called police upon seeing a suspicious device, no destruction or harm occurred with regard to this incident, for which we can all be grateful,” she wrote.

“Please know that now and always, Englewood Schools will work tirelessly to continue to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff members,” Rubin wrote. “We will continue to keep our community updated on any new developments in this ongoing investigation.”