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Handgun found on grounds of Edmund W. Miles Middle School, officials say

A police car in front of Edmund W.

A police car in front of Edmund W. Miles Middle School in North Amityville where a handgun was found on the school's property on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Credit: James Carbone

A handgun was found Monday on the grounds of a middle school in North Amityville by workers repairing a fence, police and school officials said.

Suffolk County police determined the gun was not loaded.

An Amityville Union Free School District spokeswoman said the weapon is believed to be a .38-caliber pistol. Police said investigators would not immediately confirm the caliber.

The discovery was made on the grounds of the Edmund W. Miles Middle School on Route 110 about 10:30 a.m. by contract workers repairing a hole in a fence.

Police promptly secured the area and started a search using aviation and canine teams.

The search was a precautionary measure, police said. Officials said students were not in danger.

The investigation is continuing.

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