SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) – The Bentonville Bomb Squad and Siloam Springs Police Department have given the all-clear Tuesday (March 31) afternoon after authorities said a suspicious item was found at Northside Elementary School.
The item was a clear plastic jar, wrapped in tape with a hand-written note inside, according to Siloam Springs Police Chief James Wilmeth. Authorities cleared the scene just before 6 p.m.
The Siloam Springs Police School Resource Officer found the suspicious item around 3:47 p.m. in the parking lot of Northside Elementary located at 501 W. Elgin in Siloam Springs, said Holland Hayden, Communication Manager for the City of Siloam Springs.
Hayden said school had already dismissed upon the discovery of the package.
In interest of safety a two block perimeter was established and some residents were asked to evacuate their homes, Hayden said.
Authorities are still conducting a criminal investigation to find the author of the note and the creator of the package because of the situation the item caused, Chief Wilmeth said. Authorities are not releasing what the note said because it’s part of the police investigation, according to Wilmeth.
No injuries have been reported.