LA County Sheriff’s bomb squad, the LAPD, CHP and campus police are evacuating the campus of Cal State Los Angeles - some 15- to 20-thousand students, faculty and staff. This, after a caller phoned a threat to El Monte police from a pay phone saying a bomb is on campus.
According to reports from campus police chief Joseph Curreri and student newspaper reporter Edith Hernandez, a call came in from a male at a Carl’s Junior in EL Monte just around 11 a.m. The caller reportedly said, “I have placed a bomb on campus.” In a second call, a man said, “You have two hours.”
Diners at the Carl’s Junior gave authorities a description of the caller. One man was detained and released.
If the caller had been right, the bomb would have detonated at 1pm. Police with bomb-sniffing dogs are searching the campus and vehicles.
Paul Browning, a Cal State LA spokesman, says text messages and email notices were sent to the university community saying it was not a drill. All classes have been cancelled for the rest of the day and tonight.
Traffic around the East LA campus is backed up as the evacuation continues. Roads leading to Eastern Avenue, the 10 and 710 Freeways were jammed. The Eastern Avenue off-ramp from the 10 was closed and a SigAlert placed in effect.