City man charged in connection with Central High bomb scare

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May 27—A Manchester man has been arrested in connection with a hoax bomb scare that prompted the evacuation of a Queen City high school in April, police said.

Police arrested Christopher Mathieson, 35, without incident Thursday morning on a charge of placement of simulated explosives and he is being held on preventative detention.

On April 12, Manchester High School Central administrators reported a suspicious device that was "taped up with wires sticking out," according to a statement from city police.

A custodian located a "strange" object near the steps of the courtyard, police said in a statement. It was described as an enclosed container wrapped in black electrical tape with a wire under the tape, police said.

Officers closed streets near the school after the device was reported to them about 12:35 p.m.

The school, which was in remote learning status at the time of the incident, was evacuated, along with neighboring buildings. A state police bomb squad was called in and "disrupted" the device with a loud bang, according to Manchester police.

Investigators later determined the device was a hoax and cleared the area.

The incident is under investigation, anyone with information can call Manchester police at 603-668-8711.