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Person Who Said He Was a Terrorist With a Bomb Prompts Evacuations at Cerritos College

No threat was found.

A person who allegedly claimed to be carrying a bomb prompted evacuations and the cancellation of classes at Cerritos College Tuesday, but he was taken into custody and no injuries were reported.

According to college President Jose Fierro, the threat occurred at 11:53 a.m., when the person "walked into one of our classrooms and said that he was a terrorist and had a bomb with him.''

A student quickly called 911, Fierro said. The person ran out of the building but was quickly apprehended by campus police, he said.

The threat, which was focused in the "drop-off area near the Administrative Building'' at the campus in the 11000 block of Alondra Boulevard, prompted some evacuations and a campus-wide shelter-in-place order.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's bomb squad responded to the scene, and the campus was declared safe at about 2:15 p.m.

The person's name was not immediately released. It was unclear if he is a student at the college.

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