Police responded to a bomb menace at a UCLA recreation middle Wednesday night time and college officers evacuated a number of residence halls on the Westwood campus.
A UCLA Bruin Alert — the campus emergency notification system — was issued about 12:20 a.m. Thursday, saying that the menace was unfounded and college students might return to their dorms.
The primary emergency alert was issued shortly after 10 p.m., telling the college group concerning the bomb menace at Sundown Canyon Recreation Middle.
The menace was phoned into the campus police station’s dispatch middle, stated College of California at Los Angeles police Capt. Bob Leinweber. Greater than a dozen residence halls have been evacuated, officers stated.
Police searched the recreation middle with 4 bomb-detecting canine, and simply earlier than midnight, stated that no explosives had been discovered up to now.
“We’ve nearly concluded the search and nothing discovered,” Leinweber added.
The Bruin Alert system introduced simply after midnight that residents of two dormitories, Dykstra Corridor and De Neve Plaza, might return.
“Others might be allowed to reenter as they’re decided to be protected,” the alert stated.
Drake Stadium, the place a big crowd of evacuated college students had gathered, erupted in cheers when it was introduced that college students might return to a few of the residence halls.
“We’re free,” somebody shouted.
Lemoine Dillon, 19, was staying within the Rieber Vista residence corridor when the hearth alarm sounded. She was amongst tons of of individuals directed to the stadium. Others have been taken to a close-by tennis courtroom, she stated.
Dillon stated the dorms have been full of a variety of residents, together with these like her who have been enrolled in a summer time pre-dental course.
She estimated that some within the dorms have been between eight and 12 years previous and staying on campus for summer time packages and sports activities camps. Many youngsters have been crying because the dorm was evacuated, she stated.
“It was actually hectic trigger nobody actually knew what to do or the place we have been going,” Dillon stated.
About half-hour after the primary alert, a second discover was issued stating that the “state of affairs continues to be lively.”
Aerial photographs on native tv confirmed a cluster of residence halls with emergency lights flashing inside.
The telephonic bomb menace comes hours after the conclusion of the primary orientation program for brand spanking new UCLA college students. The subsequent three-day orientation program for brand spanking new college students is scheduled to start July 19, in accordance with the college’s web site.
Occasions employees author Alene Tchekmedyian reported from Westwood.
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