An Arvada police cruiser is parked near Swanson Elementary during an hour-long evacuation on August 28. Students, seen in the background, remained on the school’s playground fields until a suspicious backpack could be checked out.
The City of Arvada hazardous materials unit pulls away from Swanson Elementary on August 28. A report of a suspicious backpack containing unknown chemicals led to a brief school evacuation while it was investigated. The backpack contents turned out to be benign.