Santa Monica News
SMC Evacuates After Bomb Threat
By Helya Askari
Apr 23, 2013 - 4:08:45 PM

SANTA MONICA—Santa Monica College (SMC) is the latest institution that has been forced to evacuate due to a bomb scare on Tuesday, April 23. At around 12:30 p.m. SMC officials contacted the Santa Monica police for assistance, as they were notified of a potential bomb on campus grounds.

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Santa Monica College. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

 

The main quad at the college located at 1900 Pico Boulevard was closed down for a short time as Santa Monica police investigated the area after a note found in a campus bathroom suggested a possible bomb threat. At approximately 1:13 p.m. the SMC emergency notification system contacted students via text message and email and stated:

 

“The SMC College is evacuating and closing the main campus quad area to investigate a bomb threat. College and local police are on the scene. There is no reason for panic. Please stay clear of the quad area until further notice,” stated the email.

 

The system contacted students and faculty once more at around 1:32 p.m. to notify everyone that the investigation was complete and that the police had determined there to be no bomb on campus.

 

SMC is not the first institution to have evacuated because of a bomb scare. Since the Boston bombings on Monday, April 15 many similar threats have been reported including at California State University- Los Angeles and the University of California-Berkley.

 

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, five to seven reports of a bomb scare have been received per day since the Boston attacks. LAPD officials have reported a considerable increase in calls from the public, as individuals are taking precautions and alerting police of any suspicions activities they notice.



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