Shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Holland Department of Public Safety was notified of a suspicious PVC tube laying next to a Holland Board of Public Works utility box on 20th Street, near Black River School. The white pipe was approximate 12 inches in length and capped on both ends. It did not have any markings on it to identify who may have left it at that location.
As a precaution, teachers in the nearby school were asked to leave until the situation was mitigated. There were no students at the time because the school is currently on Christmas break.
Police contacted BPW officials to determine if the pipe was related to any recent utility work being conducted in the area. It was learned that a private utility company had recently done utility work in the area; however, the origin and contents of the pipe could not be confirmed.
State police technicians took X-rays of the pipe and determined it did not contain any explosive or other hazardous material. It was then determined that the pipe contained standard safety information related to the gas utility lines, and workers had apparently left it behind after finishing the recent utility work.
Black River School officials were notified of the outcome and allowed staff to return to the building just before noon Tuesday.