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Modified lockdown lifted at Seneca HS after nearby suspicious package investigation cleared

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SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A "code yellow" modified lockdown has been lifted at Seneca High School after a nearby suspicious package investigation was cleared. 

The Oconee County School District said the modified lockdown was done at the request of law enforcement. 

Oconee County deputies said they responded to a call regarding a suspicious package at the Keowee Village Shopping Center. A black backpack was found in a grassy area near the shopping center, deputies said. 

The Seneca Fire Department and Anderson County Bomb Squad also responded to the scene. Deputies said they believed a cell phone was in bag as they heard music and someone saying "hello" coming from the backpack. 

According to the sheriff's office, the owner of the backpack spoke to the Bomb Squad and was able to identify the bag. Deputies said the package was determined not to be suspicious and the bag was turned over to the owner. 

The owner the backpack told deputies he was walking to another location and did not want to carry the backpack with him, the sheriff's office said. 

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw released a statement following the incident: 

"We encourage our citizens that if they see something suspicious, whether it is an unoccupied backpack or package that appears to be left unattended, or a suspicious person or vehicle to contact the Sheriff’s Office or the local law enforcement agency in their jurisdiction. Do not approach or touch any package or backpack left unattended.  Call and have officers respond to the scene to evaluate the situation and we will make a determination on the resources needed to safely remove and dispose of the item should conditions warrant. “The safety of our citizens and our law enforcement officers and public safety officials are of the utmost importance and we will take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. On behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, we are thankful for our partners with the Anderson County Bomb Squad and the Seneca Fire Department for working with us to bring this situation to a good conclusion.”

Deputies said the owner of the backpack will not face any charges. 

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