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Driver in California arrested after striking three children, found carrying 'incendiary device'

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California man driving car with ‘incendiary device’ inside strikes three children outside elementary school after being kicked off school grounds just moments before

  • An unidentified driver entered Taft Elementary School without permission in Santa Ana Monday morning
  • He was escorted off campus by security while the school was on lockdown
  • He left and drove off in his car before hitting the three students walking on a sidewalk near the school
  • Three ‘incendiary devices’ were found in the suspect’s vehicle by police

Three children were struck by a driver near a school in California before an explosive device was found in the driver’s car near an elementary school.

The victims were believed to be walking on a sidewalk outside of Taft Elementary School when the driver charged at them with his vehicle. They were all rushed to a local hospital, where they are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, the Santa Ana Police Department confirmed. 

Authorities said the suspect entered the school without permission, resulting in a lockdown, before  he was escorted off campus by security. He left and drove off in his car before driving into the students a few blocks away. 

Taft Elementary School in Santa Ana, California, was placed into lockdown on Monday morning after an unidentified driver drove into the school with'incendiary devices'

Taft Elementary School in Santa Ana, California, was placed into lockdown on Monday morning after an unidentified driver drove into the school with ‘incendiary devices’

Police have not yet released the names, ages or gender of the victims. A ‘suspicious incendiary device’ was found in the suspect’s vehicle when an investigation was conducted on site. 

The Orange County Bomb Squad was called to further search the vehicle. Three more incendiary devices were eventually found, according to KTLA. 

The elementary school returned to normalcy after the incident. 

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