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Auburn Hills — A lockdown that went into effect at Avondale High School and nearby Auburn Elementary was lifted Monday afternoon after police took a 39-year-old Flint man into custody for allegedly making threats to area businesses.

Student dismissal took place as normal after the lockdown, which ended shortly before 1 p.m., said James V. Schwarz, superintendent of the Avondale School District.

Auburn Hills police had advised the schools to go on lockdown while they investigated a threat that was called in on a business next to the two schools.

“We understand that threat came from a former employee of the business,” Schwarz, said. “The school district has received no threat to schools or students.”

According to Auburn Hills Police, a man called 911 around 6:45 a.m. making threats to do harm at Inalfa Systems on Pacific Drive and Flexible Products on Auburn Court.

Inalfa Systems evacuated its building and Flexible Products put their buildings on lockdown, according to police.

Avondale High and Auburn Elementary are near Squirrel and Auburn roads. According to Schwarz, the district learned of the situation at about 7:40 a.m. and immediately put the high school on lockdown.

“The elementary school went into lockdown a little later because school buses were still on their way. As soon as the students arrived, they were brought into the school.”

Investigators worked to identify the caller who made the threats, police said in a statement Monday.

The man arrested worked at one of the Flexible Product buildings, police said.

Police will present the case to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for review for charges. Making a terrorist threat or false report of terrorism is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $20,000, or both.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Auburn Hills Police Department at (248) 370-9444.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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