SAFETY HARBOR — Safety Harbor Middle School was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a BB gun was found near the campus at 901 First Ave. N, authorities said.
The lockdown was a precautionary measure as authorities investigated what was originally reported to be a weapon found in some bushes on the school's perimeter, said Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Tom Nestor. It was later determined to be a BB gun and the investigation was turned over to campus police, Nestor said.
The lockdown went into effect shortly before the school's 4:15 p.m. dismissal time and was lifted about 4:40 p.m., said Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Andrea Zahn.