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‘Explosion-type’ sound heard around lunchtime between Mynderse & Frank Knight ruled no threat

Seneca Falls Central School District Superintendent Bob McKeveny released a statement following the investigation of a loud ‘explosion’ between the district’s elementary and high/middle school campuses around noon.

McKeveny says that after receiving the report, the Seneca Falls Police Department was contacted. The matter was investigated, and it’s believed that the sound was fireworks being set off in a residential neighborhood.

“Please know that the Chief did not feel that we needed to enter into a lock-down or shelter-in-place. He and I remained in continuous contact so we were prepared to respond in the event of a true emergency,” McKeveny said in the statement.

Read his full message to the community below:

“Please know that the School District received a concern of a loud explosive-type sound between Mynderse Academy/Seneca Falls Middle School and Frank Knight School around 12:20 pm.

We made immediate contact with SFPD Chief Peenstra.  He informed us that he dispatched officers to a residence in the neighborhood where it was believed that fireworks were being set off.  The Chief located the origin of the sound and confirmed that it was, indeed, fireworks.  The SFPD informed the person that such actions, especially close to school settings, are not tolerable.
Please know that the Chief did not feel that we needed to enter into a lock-down or shelter-in-place.  He and I remained in continuous contact so we were prepared to respond in the event of a true emergency.
We are most appreciative of Chief Peenstra’s and the SFP’s quick response to this complaint.  They share our interest in the safety of all school staff and students.”

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