Update: The device found at North High School Friday afternoon is a harmless piece of plumbing equipment.

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Earlier story:

A suspected explosive device, possibly a pipe bomb, was found at North High School Friday afternoon and a Kern County sheriff's bomb squad was called to evaluate the item, according to deputies.

The school was immediately evacuated. Students could be seen in the campus stadium around 1 p.m.

The sheriff's department received a call at 12:03 p.m. from the school saying a possible explosive device was found by students in a North High bathroom, said sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt.

Kern High School District police detained the students who found the device, Pruitt said, but nobody had been arrested as of shortly before 1:30 p.m.

The item appears to be similar in shape to a pipe bomb, Pruitt said.

Streets in the area were blocked off, including parts of McCray Street at China Grade Loop, and entrances to the school on the China Grade Loop side. The California Highway Patrol was assisting.