Classes Canceled at Centennial High School in Corona Following Bomb Threat
A bomb squad turned up nothing following a bomb threat that prompted the cancellation of classes at Centennial High School in Corona on Tuesday, according to authorities.
The school was rendered safe shortly before 9 a.m., Manny Aguilar of the Corona-Norco Unified School District said. Classes remained canceled for the day as a precautionary measure.
The high school had announced around 6:50 a.m. on Twitter that it had canceled classes due to a “suspicious object” that was being investigated by the Corona Police Department.
A short time later, police said that the cancellation was due to a bomb threat.
Overnight, the high school had received a phone call from a male stating that he had planted two bombs in backpacks on campus and planned to detonate them in the morning, according to a news release from Corona police.
School was canceled for students and staff, and emergency personnel responded to the high school’s campus early in the morning. Officers and bomb detecting K-9’s were called in to conduct a search, the release stated.
After two suspicious backpacks were found on campus, a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad responded and detonated the items.
The backpacks were then rendered safe, as was the campus.
“No bombs found,” Corona police tweeted about 9 a.m.
An investigation was ongoing, and anyone with information about the incident was asked to call School Resource Officer Michael Placencia at 951-739-5670 or emailing him at Michael.Placencia@DiscoverCorona.com.
KTLA’s Alberto Mendez contributed to this story.