Parts of USC campus shut down as police investigate bomb threat [Updated]
Authorities shut down parts of the USC campus as they investigated an apparent bomb threat made by a caller.
Law enforcement sources told The Times that the university received a call from someone claiming he had planted a bomb inside a campus building. But the sources said they believed the caller was intoxicated and didn't think he actually had planted a bomb.
Nonetheless, USC campus police were searching the area, said the sources.
Students and staff on campus reported parts of the campus were being closed off and that at least one police chopper was seen overhead above a library.
The sources, who asked not to be named because the investigation was ongoing, said they expected the situation to get back to normal on campus soon.
LAPD's Southwest division officers are assisting USC police in the case.
[Updated at 1:17 p.m.: The LAPD has closed off Figueroa Street near Jefferson Boulevard and has officers on standby at the Shrine Auditorium.
Several USC students tweeted that they had been ordered to stay in their classrooms and that the main library and perhaps other buildings had been evacuated.
A USC representative said it involved a suspicious package in the Leavey Library building on the main campus. The building has been evacuated. There are no reports of injuries or any explosions having occurred.]
-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein