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A Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School student brought a homemade firework device to the school Thursday, prompting a response from Montgomery County police and fire and rescue officials, and a search of the classroom area.

Students found the device in a science lab and reported it to a teacher, according to a Thursday letter sent to the high school’s parents and guardians. The school’s administration then called authorities.

Angela Cruz, a county police spokeswoman, said officers responded to the school and assisted fire and rescue officials.

No other devices were found after a K-9 unit searched the classroom and nearby hallways, the letter said.

Dana Tofig, a school system spokesman, said in an email Friday that the system has no reason to believe the student intended to harm anyone.

While he said he could not talk about a specific student, Tofig said that a student could face disciplinary action — including suspension and possibly expulsion — for bringing such a device to school.

The incident in the first week of school occurred days after the school system’s security staff met Aug. 23 for briefings from county police and fire and rescue officials on topics such as bombs, drugs and gangs.

The letter continues that school, fire and police officials are investigating the incident.

“Please know that we take this matter very seriously,” said Principal Karen Lockard in the letter to parents. “Our first priority is to ensure that our students are safe. Strong disciplinary measures will be taken any time our students’ safety is jeopardized.”

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