Boston Bombings Trigger Flood of Threats — Carolyn Costello Reports
The LAPD’s bomb squad blew up a suspected bomb on Hollywood Blvd, near Orange Street…after a man walked into a Hooters Restaurant with a lunch box, claiming there was a bomb inside.
The Hooters was evacuated…and a remote controlled robot removed the lunch box…and blew it up.
Earlier today at Cal State LA…a mass exodus of about 8 thousand students led to a major traffic jam.
Campus officials chose to evacuate when they learned of a bomb threat.
According to police someone called 911 from a pay phone in El Monte…saying a bomb had been placed on campus…and it would explode in 2 hours.
The school called for an emergency evacuation…as police searched for explosives.
Also today a threat made against USC.
When a caller told police a “nuclear weapon” was on campus…dozens of LAPD officers were dispatched…and university officials shut down the Leavey Library….later authorities said the call was a hoax…reportedly coming from the psychiatric ward at USC University Hospital.
Another apparent hoax called into 911 Tuesday evening…led KTLA management to evacuate the studios for nearly 2 hours…a caller claimed 3 bombs were on the grounds…and authorities had 54 minutes to find them.
A suspicious package in Venice, and an abandoned pressure cooker in Silverlake led the LAPD to close down streets and call in the bomb squad.
And tonight another suspicious package at a Starbucks in Torrance ..all false alarms….but all eliciting an emergency response.
No one willing to take a chance…after Monday’s deadly bombings in Boston.
– Carolyn Costello, KTLA News