LAYTON -- Parents lined up waiting -- some for at least 40 minutes at a nearby LDS Church building -- to pick up their children, who had been evacuated from Mountain View Elementary School on Monday following a bomb scare.
"I came home from the spa and got a phone call for parents to pick up their kids at the church," said LuAnne Huntington, who has two children attending the school.
Huntington at first thought it was just a drill, but quickly learned from the other parents in line that it was not a drill.
Emergency crews were called to the school shortly after 11:30 a.m. A maintenance worker found a PVC pipe -- which police later labeled a functioning pipe bomb that contained gunpowder -- on the roof of the school, while doing a routine roof inspection. He took the device off the roof, notified district officials and then called police, said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.
The school is just north of Highway 193 and west of Highway 89.
The area where the device was found was the northwest section of the building and is not accessible from the ground. The device may have been thrown onto the roof, Horton said.
The school remained closed all day Monday while officers searched the inside of the building, the school grounds and the roof for any additional devices. Police also inspected the roofs of every school in the district Monday, Horton said.
Officials had not received any reports of a threat made to the school or the district, Horton said. But streets around the school were closed while police continued their investigation.
Another maintenance worker had been on the roof Friday to retrieve a ball and saw nothing suspicious on the roof at the time, Horton said.
The Davis County Sheriff's Bomb Squad detonated the device shortly after 12:30 p.m.
More than 700 students with their teachers and administrators walked about a half-mile from the school to the church house, which is east of the school. They waited inside until their parents made it through security to check them out.
John Wood said he was at home when he got a call from a neighbor who saw police cars near the school. He drove to the school, where he was stopped by a police officer who told him to pick up his sixth-grade son at the church.
"I think the school handled this very well," Wood said about the evacuation.
Students walked together from the school to the church. The younger children held each other's hands. Teachers kept the groups together.
Davis School District spokesman Christopher Williams said the timing of the evacuation happened during the school's lunchtime. About half of the students had received some lunch and the other half had not.
Williams said the district sent out emails and phone calls to parents, telling them their children were safe and had been evacuated from the school to the church because a suspicious package had been found.
Sage Harrison had just returned home from grocery shopping when the phone rang. She drove to the school to pick up her fifth-grade brother.
"I'm on the approved list," Harrison said.
Harrison said she showed her driver's license, gave her brother's name, his teacher's name and verified she was on an approved list before she could take her brother out of the church.
Her brother said students were told there was a gas leak at the school.
When Harrison and her brother found out there was a possible pipe bomb, they were both glad they didn't know.
Harrison said even though they live just a few blocks from the school and her brother usually walks to school, it made sense to have the students picked up by responsible adults.
"You just don't want kids wandering the streets," she said.
Some parents arrived at the school to take home their entire car pool and had to wait for school officials to verify they could do so.
School buses were also on hand to take students home later in the afternoon.
Across town, Williams said, a backpack with gym clothes was left unattended at Northridge High School and authorities were called to the school. Williams said:
"People are being extra cautious, which is fine."