MEDFORD — There were some scary moments at Burlington County Institute of Technology Monday afternoon after a man parked his van out front and then tried to get into the school, officials said.

Classes were done for the day when Gregory T. Nicholas, 34, tried several entrances to get inside, according to Medford police, who were called when he refused to leave.

Officers detained Nicholas and brought in a K9 to check the van. The K9 detected potential explosives inside the van leading to the building’s evacuation around 4 p.m.

A search of the van by police and a robot found “no threat within the school or within the building,” according to police. The State Police bomb squad was also standing by.

Aeral view of the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Medford
Aeral view of the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Medford (6 ABC Action News via YouTube)

Why did suspect want to enter school?

Nicholas was charged with causing public alarm and possession of a weapon on school property when police said he had a knife.

Police are investigating why Gregory wanted to enter the school.

Superintendent Chris Nagy said he was grateful for the quick response of Medford police.

Approximately 900 students attend classes at the school.

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