LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Cal State Los Angeles campus was evacuated Thursday afternoon due to a threat of a bomb.
The Los Angeles Police Department started evacuating students and staff around 12 p.m. after an anonymous person called claiming there was a bomb on campus.
“A bomb threat was called into the campus about 11 a.m. It went to the El Monte police station from a payphone,” Cal State LA Spokesman Paul Browning said. “Someone said, ‘I put a bomb on Cal State LA, you have 2 hours.’ It’s a half hour past that now.”
The call was traced to a restaurant in El Monte at 11216 Garvey Ave, according to officials. Witnesses were able to provide police with a description of a person who was in the phone booth around the time the call was made.
Cal State LA issued the following statement on Twitter:
The CSULA campus is closed as of noon, April 18, as a precaution. Those on campus should evacuate immediately.—
(@CalStateLA) April 18, 2013
The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and the Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science High School were also evacuated.
At any given time, there are 15,000 students on campus as well as 2,000 employees, Browning said.
All classes have been canceled for the rest of the day.