PD: Traffic data device leads to lockdown at Scottsdale schools

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Two Scottsdale schools were temporarily on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a traffic control data gathering device was thought to be a suspicious package, according to police.

The lockdown at Desert Mountain High School and Mountainside Middle School took place around 1:20 p.m. near 124th Street and Via Linda.

Police first received a report of a suspicious package chained to a tree in front of the high school, said Scottsdale police spokesman David Pubins.

After further investigation, police identified the package as a traffic control data gathering device, Pubins said.

Via Linda, from 124th to 128th streets, was closed during the investigation.

The lockdowns were lifted about a half hour later.

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