A loud explosion at Burke County High School led to an evacuation this morning.
Students ran from the building at about 7:45 a.m. after hearing a loud popping noise that “made them think a gun had been fired,” according to Amy Nunnally, public relations director for the Burke County school system. It was later determined that a student used a plastic water bottle filled with bathroom cleaner and strips of aluminum foil to create the noise, Ms. Nunnally said. Deputies from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office have detained an 18-year-old student and are questioning the student about the incident.
No charges have been filed, she said.