Bus Transported Students and Explosive Material

A Loudoun County school bus transported 26 students while unknowingly also transporting explosive material, according to a school official.

Investigators on the scene at the Loudoun County Public School Transportation Center near Leesburg say that suspected explosive material found on a school bus this afternoon was left there as part of a training exercise.


Wayde Byard, public information officer for Loudoun County Public Schools, confirmed that the material was explosive, but said there were no detonators attached and the material could not be detonated by normal activity.

Byard said the bus had been in service twice, on Monday and Tuesday, since the material was placed aboard last weekend. The bus transported 26 children from Pinebrook and Buffalo Trail elementary schools and Rock Ridge High School. The school system has begun attempting to contact and notify affected families.

He would not confirm where the material was planted, but he did say it was not located in the cabin of the bus.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kraig Troxell said the training materials were left there by another agency. As a precaution, the area and other buses were searched.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

This is a breaking story. More information will be reported as it becomes available.

3 thoughts on “Bus Transported Students and Explosive Material

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  • 2016-03-31 at 8:58 am

    Explosive material on a bus! Someone(s) should be fired for this. There should be multiple dismissals from multiple departments. If LCSO was borrowing the bus, then at least 1 person needs to be fired from LCSO. Likewise, someone on the LCPS side needs to be dismissed also.

    I know that is hoping too much. Hey, its only little kids that could have been blow up. What’s the big deal?

  • 2016-03-30 at 10:36 pm

    While the Sheriff’s Department is definitely not blameless, there are some issues with LCPS Transportation. A CDL driver is required to do a detailed inspection of their vehicle at LEAST once a day to include the brakes, undercarriage, engine compartment, etc. Obviously, a good inspection was NOT completed and likely just filled in the inspection form. On a side note, there are massive inefficiencies in LCPS Transportation. The article states that a total of 26 individual children rode the bus over three days from three different schools. That is less than 9 students average per bus run in a densely populated area of the county. Why would you waste the time and fuel for a 60+ seat bus to transport 9 children?!?! They should combine bus runs and pick up some of the children earlier and take a different route to fill the bus. I have witnessed other waste first hand in the west as well. While picking up my daughter at Woodgrove HS during the day, I overheard the office staff calling in a dedicated bus to transport ONE high school student to Mountain View Elementary for a program where the HS student was going to read to the ES students or something. The wasteful part is Mountain View is ON THE SAME PROPERTY as Woodgrove. Don’t call a bus. Walk out to the sidewalk and watch as the student walks next door. Pure insanity. Additionally, while picking up after school today, I followed a bus out of Woodgrove that dropped two students off at their house. The kicker: The house, you guessed it, BORDERS WOODGROVE PROPERTY. They could throw a rock from their back deck and hit the Woodgrove baseball field. I know of several other examples. Might be a good story for Loudoun Now to FOIA some ridership information on the bus routes. You would be shocked at the number of buses driving one or two students around like a taxi service.

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