Bomb threats made to two California universities

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A bomb threat claiming there were explosives at CSU Los Angeles and UC Berkeley was called in Thursday morning .

El Monte Police Department was notified at approximately 10:40 a.m. by an unknown caller that there were bombs at CSU L.A. and “Cal State Berkeley,” according to the Associated Press. This comes after Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, which left three people dead and more than 100 injured.

While both law enforcement officials in Los Angeles and Berkeley deemed the threat a low risk, CSU L.A. evacuated its campus, and a bomb squad was dispatched to the scene. The squad eventually found no evidence of explosives. UCPD decided to silently conduct its search of the campus and found no explosives as well, according to department spokesperson Lt. Eric Tejada.

“We determined it was a pretty low-risk bomb threat, so we did some searches of our own and decided to go business as usual on campus,” Tejada said. “Obviously, we didn’t find anything, and it was a very low-risk threat assessment, so we didn’t do a WarnMe messaging or anything like that.”

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