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Cops say fireworks likely cause for school lockdown

LOGANVILLE — A lockdown at a local school was likely the result of fireworks, officials said.

Release times for Loganville’s Magill Elementary and Grace Snell Middle School were delayed Wednesday afternoon as a result of police activity in the woods nearby.

“(Magill Elementary) went on lockdown before dismissal, around 3:20 p.m., and it was a standard procedure due to police activity outside the school,” said Jorge Quintana, a spokesman for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Quintana said upon learning of the incident, a school resource officer responded, but that Gwinnett County police handled the situation.

Rumors of gunshots were unfounded, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said, and the activity was likely triggered by teens using fireworks.

“The GCPD officers at the scene found no evidence of shots fired,” Smith said. “They did find evidence of fireworks.”

No information about possible arrests was immediately available Wednesday.

Quintana said everybody was safe.

“Nothing happened inside of the school, and as soon as they were advised to go into lockdown, students and teachers who were outside came into the building.”

Because of a delayed release time of about an hour, buses carrying students at both Magill and Grace Snell were running late Wednesday afternoon. The schools use the same buses.

“Parents should expect their children to be delayed in getting home this evening,” he said Wednesday.