Suspicious item turns out to be high school science experiment

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PLATTE CITY, Mo. – Authorities say officers spent two hours investigating a suspicious plastic container that was found behind a Missouri sandwich shop before determining it was a high school science experiment.

KMBC-TV reports that police were summoned Tuesday to a Jimmy John’s in Platte City on the northern edge of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The strange looking plastic container they encountered was filled with blue fluid and had other items attached to it. Police eventually determined it was an experiment meant to demonstrate how hydrogen can be used as power.

The student who built the project demonstrated it to friends at the Jimmy John’s and then left it behind the store so other friends could see it. But a worker at a nearby convenience store called 911 after spotting the gadget.
Information from: KMBC-TV,

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