Suspicious package found at USC library, prompting partial campus lockdown
Part of the USC campus was on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after someone called in a bomb threat and officials found a suspicious package in the main library.
A USC spokeswoman said the Leavey Library has been evacuated while authorities investigate, but there have been no reports of injuries.
Law enforcement sources told The Times that the university received a call from someone claiming he had planted a bomb inside a campus building. However, the sources said they believe the caller was intoxicated and don't think he actually planted a bomb.
The Los Angeles Police Department closed off Figueroa Street near Jefferson Boulevard and was staging officers at the Shrine Auditorium.
Several USC students reported on Twitter that they have been ordered to stay in their classrooms and that the main library and perhaps other buildings have been evacuated.
USC senior Meshay Brown, 22, said her journalism professor had been instructed by campus security to keep students in the classroom while police investigate.
“We’re not sure if it’s a prank or if it’s for real, so we’re kind of scared,” she said. “We’re using our phones and Twitter to find out information because we don’t really have much.”
Brown said she's in a building about 200 yards from the library. She said she and her fellow students were unable to see what police were doing at the library, so they were watching television. “We’re just watching us on the news right now,” she said.
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