W.Va. bomb squad creates beeping Easter eggs for visually impaired students

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) - Members of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad used their skills to create beeping Easter eggs for visually impaired students Monday morning.

When the eggs sound off, they will be found during an upcoming egg hunt by students with impaired vision.

This is a dream Chasity Gillespie, who is a teacher for the visually impaired, has had for several years for her students who are in Kanawha and surrounding counties.

Bomb squad members used their skills with electronics to assemble 24 of these eggs. They arranged for supplies from the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators to be delivered.

Gillespie said she is very thankful her students will be able to participate in the egg hunt.

"The kids are so excited," Gillispie said. "The bomb squad, having them involved, that makes it even more exciting for them, and being able to find the eggs along with their siblings and peers."

Lt. Christian George of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad said the eggs were a great way for the squad to use its skills in the community.

"It’s pretty awesome," George said. "We don't really get to use our skills that way, but this is just one way that we can do it."

The egg hunt will be from 10 to 11 a.m. April 5 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Students from surrounding counties are welcome. Students who find one of the eggs will win a prize.

Organizers hope to make this an annual event.