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Lompoc Unified School District buses are parked in the garage at North A Street and East Central Avenue in Lompoc.

Law enforcement officers were called to remove a suspicious object from a Lompoc school bus Wednesday morning, Lompoc Unified School District officials reported.

The object was ultimately determined by officers to be harmless, and there were no students on the bus when the item was discovered, according to LUSD.

The incident began around 8:15 a.m. when an LUSD bus driver alerted his supervisor to a “suspicious object” on his bus. Upon getting a description of the object as an ammunition box, LUSD called law enforcement officers, who cordoned off Santa Lucia Canyon Road as they retrieved and examined the object.

At about 1 p.m., the object was determined to not be a threat.

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“LUSD always places the highest possible value on student safety,” read a portion of a statement from LUSD. “Even though the object was discovered in the end to be harmless, we commend the bus driver and all involved LUSD officials for taking the threat seriously and acting appropriately.

“LUSD would also like to thank the Lompoc Police Department and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s (Office), as well as other law enforcement agencies for an outstanding interagency effort.”

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.

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