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Navy corpsman sought in explosives scare turns himself in

September 7, 2011 |  2:31 pm

Navy corpsman sought in explosives scare turns himself in

A Navy corpsman whose writings allegedly described explosives being planted at San Clemente High School, touching off a massive evacuation, turned himself in to authorities at Camp Pendleton on Wednesday.

Daniel Morgan, 22, had been last seen at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday night. No explosives have been found so far as officials search the campus.

School officials began allowing students to leave campus for the day as the search continued.

Students said they were pleased to finally get out of the hot sun or the stuffy conditions in the school gym.

"We thought we were going to die from the heat, not a bomb,” said Tab Lawley, a senior.

Sheriff's officials did not discuss a motive or detail Morgan's writings, other than to say that he had placed explosives in or around San Clemente High.

At least 3,200 students and 180 members of the school's staff were evacuated, first to the campus's football stadium. Authorities later began moving the evacuees to the gymnasium after it was cleared by bomb-sniffing dogs.

Just an announcement that students could move about and use a restroom was enough to bring a cheer.


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Left photo: Daniel Morgan, 22

Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department

Right photo: San Clemente High School students walk from the football field to the gymnasium after the school was evacuated because of a bomb threat. Deputies searched the campus with dogs.

Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times