NORWALK (CBSLA) – A suspect has been detained in connection with a bomb threat which forced evacuations at Cerritos College in Norwalk Tuesday, and later prompted the school to cancel classes for the day.

Just before 2 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that a suspect had been detained and all remaining classes for the day had been canceled. The all-clear was given around 2:10 p.m. and the campus was declared safe.

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The incident began nearly two hours earlier, when Cerritos College first reported that it had received a possible threat focused in the “drop-off area near the
Administrative Building” at the campus in the 11000 block of Alondra Boulevard.

It all started when a suspect “walked into one of our classrooms and said that he was a terrorist and had a bomb with him,” college President Jose Fierro said.

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The threat prompted some evacuations and a campus-wide shelter-in-place order.

“This is not a drill,” the college tweeted.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene and students, faculty and staff of some buildings were evacuated, while others were told to shelter in place.

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The suspect’s name was not immediately released. It was unknown whether the person is a student at the college.