Calif. cops probe if teacher was making explosives

May 25, 2011 - 5:13 PM

LIVINGSTON, Calif. (AP) — A Central California high school has been evacuated as authorities investigate reports that a chemistry teacher may have been making explosives.

Japhia Huhndorf was arrested Monday for allegedly helping three students at Livingston High School ingest chloroform.

After interviewing Huhndorf and students, police now believe she also may have stored chemicals used to make explosives in her classroom.

About 1,100 students have been evacuated, and Sgt. Ray Fong says a hazardous material team and bomb squad are going into the school to investigate. Fong did not specify what chemicals they're looking for.

The 34-year-old Huhndorf is being held on suspicion of felony child endangerment in the chloroform case. The chemical can cause feelings of euphoria, but in high levels can cause unconsciousness or even death.