Date: September 27, 2010
Source: East County Magazine
Abstract: Steele Canyon High School has been placed in lockdown due to a suspicious package delivered this morning, ECM has learned. The package was delivered via Federal Express. According to 10 News and an ECM source close to the investigation, the package was addressed to a child of Connie Hoagland, the woman injured in last week's pipe bomb explosion outside a Rancho San Diego daycare center where she worked.Highway 94 in the vicinity of the school has also been shut down as bomb squad officials examine the package; officials have also asked that air space be cleared over the school (East County Magazine, 2010).
SDSU Transit Center Shut Down While Police Investigate Suspicious Package
Date: November 23, 2010
Source: East County Magazine
Abstract: San Diego State students, faculty and staff were blocked from areas around the trolley station for almost three hours while the San Diego State University (SDSU) Police Department investigated an undisclosed, suspicious package which was later deemed nonthreatening.
At approximately 1:40 p.m. an emergency alert was made on campus loudspeakers advising people to avoid the Transit Center, Aztec Center and the Adams Humanities building. Those areas had been evacuated prior to the announcement.
Security personnel and caution tape surrounding the entire area blocked people from passing through. When students approached the security, they were told that the area would be closed until further notice because of a potential bomb threat.
SDSU police say the suspicious package was found by one of the trolley security members.
“There was a piece of luggage located on the mezzanine level of the trolley station at SDSU,” San Diego State Police Capt. Lamine Secka said. “After the San Diego Fire Department Metro Arson Strike Team evaluated it, it was determined to be non-explosive and safe to transport, although there was a chemical detected. Further initial investigation revealed it to be a substance similar to modeling clay and epoxy…It was rendered safe and the trolley station has since been reopened.”
During the evacuation and investigation many students on campus had to find alternative routes to get to their cars, residence halls or homes.
“(Shortly after 1 p.m.) we were told that our store was on lockdown. Then (SDSU police) came in, evacuated our store, we had to stop serving everybody and get everybody out,” Jennifer Stangl, an employee of Starbucks in Aztec Center, told East County Magazine.
Still in uniforms, Stangl and several other employees of Starbucks and the Aztec Center food court were gathered at East Commons food court for over an hour, waiting for information and wondering whether they would be returning to work or not.
“Some people were off work and their stuff is still in the store so they can’t leave,” Stangl said. “(One employee) doesn’t have her keys. I don’t have a car and I was going to take the trolley home, so now I have to find a ride home.
Secka says it was just about 4 p.m. when the caution tapes were removed. At approximately 4:23 p.m. another announcement was made on campus loudspeakers declaring that the emergency was over.
The SDSU Police
Department has not yet determined who the package belongs to and is still
investigating. According to Secka, there were no injuries (East County Magazine, 2010).
Suspicious Package Turns Out To Be Canned Salmon
Date: November 23, 2010
Source: NC Times
Abstract: That fishy package a resident brought Tuesday morning to police headquarters turned out to be just that ---- canned salmon, in fact.
Authorities called in the bomb squad Tuesday morning after a resident who received what he believed to be a suspicious package in the mail brought it to police headquarters.
The package was about the size of a half-pound coffee can and was left by the resident in a white Toyota Camry he parked in the front lot, police said.
Police took precautions, called the bomb squad and closed the lobby and parking lot of the Escondido Police and Fire Department Headquarters on Centre City Parkway shortly after 11 a.m., said Lt. Craig Carter.It was later determined to be a can of salmon (NC Times, 2010).
Bomb Threat At El Cajon Wal-Mart Deemed Hoax
Date: January 13, 2011
Source: ABC 10 News
Abstract: An East County Wal-Mart store was opened for business as usual Thursday following an apparent bomb hoax that led to the busy store being closed for awhile, authorities said.
A man called the store at 13487 Camino Canada around 6 p.m. Wednesday and whispered to a worker that he had planted a bomb, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Curt Goldberg.
The manager of the store called authorities, and the store was evacuated, Goldberg said.Several search teams of deputies and Wal-Mart employees were organized to look through the building but no suspicious devices were found, he said (ABC 10 News, 2011).
Plane Arrives Safely In San Diego After Bomb Scare
Date: May 8, 2011
Source: UT San Diego
Abstract: A Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to San Diego was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M. on Sunday after authorities investigated a potentially threatening note found in the plane.
The 137 passengers were allowed to reboard the Boeing 737 after it was inspected and landed in San Diego safely around 5 p.m., nearly seven hours behind schedule.
“I have to admit, I was really scared,” Christina Martinez, 24, a passenger from National City, said as she waited for her luggage at Lindbergh Field. “But once we got on the ground, it was a lot better.”
The pilot on Flight 1706 made the decision to divert the plane after a flight attendant found a note scrawled on a napkin in the lavatory that raised fears of a bomb threat, federal authorities said.
Passengers said the pilot announced the note was probably a hoax, but was going to treat it as a real threat.
FBI spokesman Frank Fisher, who declined to provide details about the security threat, said “crew and passengers were interviewed and a search of the plane was conducted (in New Mexico). Nobody was injured, and no suspicious devices were found.”
No one from the flight was detained, Fisher said.
A spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration said law enforcement and TSA met the plane in Albuquerque and the plane was swept with negative findings.
Albuquerque International Sunport spokesman Daniel Jiron said passengers aboard the flight were interviewed, along with the crew.
Passengers were lined up on the tarmac with their carry-on luggage and inspected with bomb dogs. Passengers said officials led them to a hangar containing chairs, pizza, snacks and water while they waited to reboard the plane in New Mexico.
Bernard Pope, a professor of physics at Michigan State University who flew into San Diego with his wife, said passengers and crew stayed calm throughout the ordeal.
“People were patient and well behaved,” he said. “We just had to wait quite some time.”
He said authorities handled the situation in a professional manner and he was glad they took the threat seriously.
The flight left Detroit at about 8:40 a.m. EST and was diverted at about 10 a.m. MDT. Passengers were on the ground in New Mexico about six hours before the plane was cleared for San Diego.
Several family members and friends of the passengers on the flight said Delta initially told them there was a mechanical problem with the aircraft, but they were later told the diversion was due to a safety issue.
Once the passengers were on the ground, many used their cellphones to contact loved ones to let them know what was happening.
Teresa Burgueno from Chula Vista was at Lindbergh to pick up her daughter, Sarah Burgueno, and her friend, Martinez. She said she kept track of what was going on through her daughter’s texts.
“I wasn’t too worried,” Teresa Burgueno said. “They seemed safe on the ground.”
Passengers said they were told they would receive travel vouchers for the delay. A Delta spokesman said vouchers are often given in similar situations.Also Sunday, a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Chicago was diverted to St. Louis after a passenger tried to open the plane’s door midflight. The passenger was taken into custody (UT San Diego, 2011).
Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuations At Del Mar Hotel
Date: September 3, 2011
Source: ABC 10 News
Abstract: A high-end Del Mar hotel was evacuated Friday afternoon in response to a bomb threat, but authorities never located any explosives.
Authorities said someone called the L'Auberge Del Mar resort at 1540 Camino Del Mar shortly before 4 p.m. and claimed there was a bomb on the premises and it would go off in two hours.
As a precaution, hotel officials evacuated the hotel with the help of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies and a Harbor Police bomb-sniffing dog arrived to investigate the property in response to the threat made by an unidentified male caller.
The sheriff's department's Bomb/Arson Unit was also summoned to the scene to investigate.
Hotel guests were evacuated immediately.
Sam Leichman, who was visiting from San Francisco, told 10News, "Alarms started going off [and] they asked us to vacate the premises."
Mindy Rose, who is visiting from Scottsdale, said she was in the shower when she heard a piercing noise.
"I thought my girlfriend’s iron was burning down the hotel and told her to shut it off," she said. "Then I called the front desk and they said, 'You guys have to get out right now.'"
Nearby businesses were alerted as well. Claudia Montano, who manages the La Mas Boutique, told 10News, "I just made sure I took my briefcase [and] my handbag and ran."
Several blocks of Camino del Mar were closed as authorities conducted the investigation.
The sheriff's department said train service in and around the area was temporarily halted.
L'Auberge guests were sent to several locations over the next few hours – including the beach – as authorities investigated.
San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told 10News, "I can guarantee you we are doing everything within our power as detectives and with technology to find out who made this phone call."However, authorities did not find any explosives, and hotel guests were allowed to return to their rooms just after 9 p.m (ABC 10 News, 2011).
School Locked Down After Bomb Threat
Date: September 7, 2011
Source: NBC San Diego
Abstract: A Navy corpsman turned himself in on Wednesday, after police put San Clemente High School on lockdown after finding a note in the corpsman's barracks.
Shortly before 9 a.m. on Wednesday, base officials noticed Daniel Morgan, 21, was missing from the base. After a search of his barracks, they found a note saying he had planted an incendiary device on the school grounds, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Police evacuated 3200 students and 180 staff members from the school to the sports field around 9 a.m.
The FBI, Orange County Bomb Technicians, and the Orange County Fire Authority were on hand to assess the situation.
"We're going room by room, inch by inch searching for any explosive devices," Amormino said. "We're taking this extremely seriously."
Bomb technicians cleared the school's gymnasium around 11:45 a.m. to allow students inside to escape the hot sun.
District officials released students early to go home.
Traffic was jammed near the school and officials asked parents and other community members to avoid the area. Security personnel were prohibiting entry.
No injuries were reported.
School nurses were on scene to help care for students with pre-existing health conditions, said Marcus Walton, Chief Communications Officer for the Capistrano Unified School District.
Police do not know why Morgan, who was last seen around 5 p.m. Tuesday, targeted the school."The only connection that we can put together this far is that San Clemente High School is very close to Camp Pendleton," said Amormino (NBC San Diego, 2011).
Massive Power Outage In San Diego
Date: September 8, 2011
Source: IB Times
Abstract: Over 1.4 million people are suddenly without power in San Diego and surrounding areas in the Southwestern U.S. Thursday, just hours after Homeland Security warned of a possible terror strike in the days leading up to the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
The outage is affecting San Diego and Orange County, Calif. as well as other areas served by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), including parts of Arizona and Mexico.
We expect power to be out well into the night and into tomorrow in some areas, a spokesman for SDG&E said in a news conference.
The blackout is believed to have been caused by a severing of the transmitter line between Arizona and California.
Essentially we have two connections from the rest of the world: One of from the north and one is to the east. Both connections are severed, said the SDG&E spokesman. Severe heat could have caused the disruption, and the FBI and SDG&E have said that the outage is not the result of a terrorist attack, NBC reported.
U.S. Homeland Security has advised Americans to be on high alert after intelligence has revealed a specific and credible threat of a terrorist attack to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Three people are believed to be planning a car-based attack, and at least one of those people may be an American citizen.
As we know from the intelligence gathered from the [bin Laden] raid, Al Qaeda has shown an interest in important dates and anniversaries, such as 9/11, Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler said in a statement. In this instance, it's accurate that there is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information.
In this instance, it's accurate that there is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information, the department said. As we always do before important dates like the anniversary of 9/11, we will undoubtedly get more reporting in the coming days. Sometimes this reporting is credible and warrants intense focus, other times it lacks credibility and is highly unlikely to be reflective of real plots underway.
Regardless, we take all threat reporting seriously, and we have taken, and will continue to take all steps necessary to mitigate any threats that arise. We continue to ask the American people to remain vigilant as we head into the weekend.The San Diego Police Department and the U.S. Customs Border Patrol were affected by the power outage, and both are running on backup power (IB Times, 2011).
Suspicious Bag Prompts Brief Airport Closure
Date: September 23, 2011
Source: ABC 10 News
Abstract: Several flights were delayed at Lindbergh Field Friday morning after an abandoned piece of luggage left outside Terminal 1 prompted a bomb scare, authorities said.
The luggage was discovered on a curb in front of Alaska and United airlines about 7:30 a.m., according to Harbor police, who closed off the area to traffic and called in the Metro Arson Strike Team after a patrol dog reacted to the item.
The team X-rayed the item and discovered some type of electronic device inside that the dog reacted to, San Diego fire-rescue spokesman Lee Swanson told reporters.
10News' media partner the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the item was an electric heating pad.
The closed-off area was reopened sometime after 8 a.m.As of 10 a.m., a total of two dozen flights were delayed on the following airlines: Alaska, Continental, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US Airways. It was not immediately clear how many of the 24 delayed flights were directly connected to the bomb scare but Alaska, United and Southwest all use Terminal 1 (ABC 10 News, 2011).
Stabbed In Stadium Parking Lot After Raiders-Chargers Game
Date: November 11, 2011
Source: CBS SF
Abstract: A 25-year-old man was stabbed during a fight in the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium after the Oakland Raiders’ victory over the San Diego Chargers, according to police.
San Diego police officer David Stafford said two men started fighting Thursday night after the game and it didn’t appear the fight had anything to do with a sports rivalry.
Stafford said the injury did not appear to be life-threatening. The victim was treated at a hospital for a stab wound to the abdomen.There was no suspect description at this time. The victim was uncooperative with police, Stafford said (CBS SF, 2011).
Title: CHP Office Evacuated After Bomb Scare
Date: March 6, 2012
Source: San Diego 6 News
Abstract: The San Diego office of the California Highway Patrol has been evacuated after a couple brought in an 81 mm mortar into the office to have it disposed of.
The pair went to the CHP office in the 4000 block of Pacific Highway around 8:00 a.m. and presented officers with the device, said CHP officer Jesse Udovich.
The couple told officers they found the device while cleaning out a vacant home in Clairemont, according to firefighters.
CHP officers said the couple believed the bomb or device was not live, but CHP officers took precautions and called for the bomb squad, Udovich said.
Pacific Highway from Taylor St. to Sea World Dr. were closed, as well as part of the freeway until the mortar was disposed of by the bomb squad.
The mortar contained explosives but did not have a complete fuse according to, Maurice Luque with the San Diego Fire Department.
The all clear was given at 9:45 a.m.
Anyone who finds old ordinance tat could be explosives call 911.
"Don't touch it; don't drive it to a fire station or a police station," Luque said. "Leave it where it is, call 911, and let us handle it" (San Diego 6 News, 2012).
Bomb Threat Puts Two Imperial Beach Schools On Lockdown
Date: May 2, 2012
Source: CBS 8 News
Abstract: A bomb threat prompted a lockdown Tuesday afternoon at Mar Vista High School and a nearby elementary school in Imperial Beach.
Someone called Mar Vista High School about 2:30 p.m. and claimed that six explosive devices had been planted at the Elm Avenue campus, according to sheriff's officials.
Administrators kept all students in their classrooms while deputies searched the school, Lt. Eddie Brock said. Nearby Imperial Beach School also was locked down as a precaution.
Deputies allowed administrators to let students go home in the late afternoon. Sheriff's personnel continued to search the high school into the early evening before clearing the scene.There were no reports that explosives or any other hazardous items were found at the schools (CBS 8 News, 2012).
Vista High School On Lockdown, Second Time In Two Days
Date: May 2, 2012
Source: NBC San Diego
Abstract: Just after the principal at Mar Vista High School congratulated students for how well they handled a bomb threat and evacuation on Tuesday, the school was put on lockdown again.
Principal Wesley Braddock made a two to three minute announcement over the school's PA system Wednesday morning thanking the students for how they responded to Tuesday's incident.
Soon after, a threat was received by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Imperial Beach substation at 9:07 a.m.
According to officials the caller claimed to be inside the school with a gun, but sheriffs discovered that wasn't true.
Deputies and the school would not reveal the nature of the threat but said it was received by the district next to Mar Vista's.
Officials said it apears to be the same caller whose threat prompted a campus-wide evacuation Tuesday.
The school reported it was placed on lockdown again.
After the lockdown was lifted an hour later, the school announced close to 300 students would be sent home to parents.
Deputies had received
a call just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday reporting the placement of six bombs on
the campus at 505 Elm Street in Imperial Beach. Deputies found that threat to
be unfounded (NBC
San Diego, 2012).
Title: I-5 To Coronado Bridge Re-Opens After Bomb Scare
Date: May 2, 2011
Source: ABC 10 News
Abstract: A cylinder that resembled a pipe bomb but turned out to be an inert piece of military ordnance turned up Monday on an Interstate 5 transition ramp to the Coronado Bay Bridge, prompting a 90-minute closure of a stretch of the freeway while a bomb squad examined and disposed of the object.
A motorist reported spotting the roughly 18-inch-long tube on the roadway shortly after 8:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Southbound traffic was temporarily diverted to state Route 94 and Park Avenue. The roadway was reopened about 10 a.m., after an explosives team examined the object using a camera-equipped robot, deemed it harmless and removed it from the freeway, said Maurice Luque, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.Luque declined to specify the precise type of ordnance involved, but said it apparently had fallen out of a passing vehicle (ABC 10 News, 2011).
Deputies Investigating Bomb Threat At San Elijo Campgrounds
Date: May 30, 2012
Source: Encinitas Patch
Abstract: Deputies are investigating a bomb threat that was reported just after 7:30 p.m. today at the San Elijo Campgrounds/
According to a spokesperson for the San Diego Sherriff’s Department, authorities secured the area in the in the 2000 block of S. Coast Highway 101, but found no explosive device. As of press time, no evacuations had been ordered and deputies were still on the scene.Patch will keep you updated as this story develops (Encinitas Patch, 2012).
Bomb Scare Closes Airport Parking Lot
Date: July 20, 2012
Source: SD Reader
Abstract: San Diego Harbor Police kept the SanPark airport parking facility on Pacific Highway shut down for approximately two hours Wednesday afternoon in response to a suspicious package placed in a vehicle.
Around noon, a SanPark worker witnessed someone placing a plastic bag on the seat of a pickup owned by Ace Parking. He told police that he thought he saw wires protruding from a cylindrical object inside the bag.
Police then called the city’s Metro Arson Strike Team, who in turn called San Diego Fire-Rescue’s Bomb Squad. The Bomb Squad used a robot to open the package and discovered it contained an ammunition magazine for a .22 caliber rifle.The lot was reopened around 2 p.m. when the area was deemed safe. An investigation as to who left the package and why is ongoing (SD Reader, 2012).
Arrested For Making Bomb Threats In OB
Date: July 20, 2012
Abstract: A man was arrested today for allegedly making several phony bomb threats in Ocean Beach.
A woman called San Diego police shortly before 10 a.m. to report that a man had just put something into a public mail dropbox at the corner of Ebers Street and West Point Loma Boulevard and told her it was a bomb, SDPD Sgt. Ray Battrick said.
Officers shut down traffic lanes in the area while a bomb squad investigated and determined no explosive materials were in or around the receptacle.
Another woman, meanwhile, made an emergency call to report that a man confronted her at nearby Robb Field Park, threatened her and claimed to be carrying a bomb, according to Battrick.
Officers went to the park and arrested Kreighton Kilgore, 28, on suspicion of issuing criminal threats and making false reports about bombs, the sergeant said.No explosive materials were found at the park or in Kilgore's car, which was parked in the area (KPBS, 2012).
Title: Suspicious Bag Prompts Evacuation of Dark Knight Rises
Showing At AMC Mission Valley
Date: July 30, 2012
Source: SD Reader
Abstract: Have you ever been involved in a movie theater bomb scare? A screening of The Birth of a Nation that I helped to arrange for a college film society in Chicago was met with threats of violence. (The caller said that a bomb had been placed in the women's restroom.) Two off-duty Chicago policemen did everything short of frisking the audience as they entered.
The premiere of The Last Temptation of Christ brought out every religious nutjob in the Windy City. The Biograph Theatre had received so many threats they were forced to position four armed security officers in each corner of the auditorium during every showing the day it opened.
The closest I ever came to feeling a threat to my life while watching a movie had to do with a canister of fireworks some goon set off during a July 5, 1975, presentation of Clint Eastwood’s Bronco Billy.
Needless to say, all of the above mentioned incidents ended peacefully and took place long before some erudite Bozo-haired fanboy decided to make a name for himself by killing 12 people and wounding 58 others at a theater in Aurora, Colorado.
It wasn't long before the diseased copycat cockroaches began crawling out of the tivoli lights, causing more panic among moviegoers. Last Saturday night, during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises at AMC Mission Valley, a San Diego audience had a joker of their own to contend with.
Approximately two hours into the 8pm screening, the houselights went up and an employee entered the auditorium asking that the theater be cleared. U-T San Diego staff reporter Jonathan Horn was in the audience. According to the paper, "A worker was later overheard saying that a suspicious-looking bag had been spotted inside one theater showing The Dark Knight Rises."
The interruption lasted five minutes before the audience was allowed to return and finish the picture.I love it when art shows that is still has a capacity to piss people off, but what happened in Colorado was not the work of an artist. The movies are our communal home and I'll be goddamned if I'm going to let a few headline-hogging sociopaths ruin it for the rest of us. It's bad enough that most of what shows on-screen is a bomb. We cannot allow threats and violence to keep us from going to the movies. Now, more than ever, is the time to get more out of life...go to a movie! (SD Reader, 2012).
Discarded Drug Pipe Causes Bomb Scare
Date: August 17, 2012
Source: UT San Diego
Abstract: Four buildings in Sherman Heights were evacuated Friday after construction workers discovered discarded drug paraphernalia that resembled a bomb.
The men were working in a parking lot of an apartment building on Market and 22nd streets about 9 a.m. when they found the object in some debris, San Diego fire department spokesman Maurice Luque said.
It was sitting next to an aerosol can and charred pieces of tarp, Luque said.
The object was made of galvanized pipe about 8 to 10 inches long and 2½ inches in diameter with caps on both ends, Luque said.
Bomb squad experts shot the end off the object and determined that it was harmless.
The pipe had drug residue inside, Luque said.Market Street was shut down between 22nd and 23rd streets until about 11 a.m., when the area was cleared and residents were allowed back into their homes (UT San Diego, 2012).
Mexico Deports US Man Over Bomb Threats
Date: August 21, 2012
Abstract: Mexico has deported to the United States a US citizen of Russian origin who allegedly threatened to bomb a courthouse in California, police here said Monday.
Georgiy Chipunov, 28, was handed over to US authorities Sunday after his arrest in the northwest border city of Tijuana, a Mexican police official told AFP.
"Chipunov threatened to blow up the federal courthouse of San Diego, California and kill judges and officials," said Alfredo Arenas Moreno, international relations coordinator for police in the Mexican state of Baja California.
The suspect is considered a "dangerous terrorist" by US authorities who also accused him of cyber-terrorism, Arenas Moreno said.
US officials said Chipunov made his threats last week in emails that were traced back to San Antonio del Mar, a tourist complex in Tijuana some 20 kilometres from the US border.He was arrested over the weekend after the San Diego sheriff's department requested help from Mexican authorities in Baja California (Australian, 2012).
Russian-American Accused Of Bomb Threats Against El Cajon Courthouse
Date: August 22, 2012
Source: Santee Patch
Abstract: A Russian-born U.S. citizen accused of threatening a sheriff's deputy and a judge at the El Cajon courthouse pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges.
Georgiy Chipunov, 28, faces up to three years and eight months in prison if convicted of two counts of making a false bomb threat.
Chipunov—who was detained Thursday in Tijuana and turned over to U.S. authorities—has his bail set at $1 million.
A news release from the Baja California Public Safety Secretariat described the defendant as "a dangerous Russian terrorist" who had "threatened to explode the installations of the court in San Diego ... as well as kill judges and officials."
The alleged threats led to the closing of the courthouse for two days, according to the statement.
San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell would only say that Chipunov was arrested for allegedly "sending threatening emails" to the deputy and the judge.Chipunov will be back in court Monday for a bail review. A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 4 (Santee Patch, 2012).
Bomb Threat At SDSU: Campus Given All Clear
Date: August 22, 2012
Abstract: At approximately 3:30pm a bomb threat was called in to the U.S. Bank branch at San Diego State University. The West Commons building was immediately evacuated and an alert was sent out warning all to stay clear of the area.
At approximately 4:45pm three bomb sniffing dogs were brought in to sweep the building.After an investigation by SDSU Police and the bomb unit, the all clear was given at 5:35pm. The building is now safe to re-enter. SDSU PD will continue its investigation to find the suspect who called in the threat (KPBS, 2012).
Bomb Threat Forces Evac Of San Rafael High School
Date: August 30, 2012
Source: UT San Diego
Abstract: Students at a Marin County high school that was evacuated after a bomb threat have returned to class.
Authorities searched Terra Linda High School in San Rafael after the threat was called in Thursday morning. The students were evacuated to the football field, but were allowed to return to class later in the morning.
San Rafael police Lt. Alan Piombo says the threat is believed to be a prank. The caller had apparently mentioned one particular campus building.No one was hurt (UT San Diego, 2012).
Potential Bomb Threat Closes Miramar Gate
Date: September 5, 2012
Source: UT San Diego
Abstract: Marine officials closed the north gate to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station for several hours Wednesday afternoon because of a potential bomb threat and detained a man who threatened guards.
The man was released after it was determined the threats were false, said 1st Lt. Tyler Balzer, a spokesman for the air station.
The man, whose identity was not released, drove up to the gate about 12:30 p.m. After an explosive ordnance disposal team searched his vehicle the gate was reopened.
Some residences and businesses near the north gate had been evacuated "as a precaution," Balzer said.The east and west gates remained open during the incident (UT San Diego, 2012).
Bank Robbery Attempt, Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuations
Date: October 6, 2012
Source: CBS 8 News
Abstract: A bogus bomb threat issued by a pair of would-be bank robbers -- one taking part in the crime via telephone -- forced the full evacuation and closure of a large South Bay strip mall for several hours Thursday.
The failed holdup attempt began about 9:15 a.m., when a tall, thin woman entered a Chase bank branch in the 1100 block of East Plaza Boulevard in National City, carrying two bags and wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the head covering pulled tight across her face, leaving only her eyes visible, according to police.
As alarmed employees watched, the woman put down the sacks -- one red and the other green -- on the floor of the lobby, Sgt. Mike Harlan said. Moments later, a man telephoned and told a worker the green bag contained a bomb that would be detonated unless the red one was filled with $100,000 in cash.
The masked woman then ran out of the bank, after which the bank workers made a 911 call and cleared everyone out of the office, Harlan said. Patrol officers arrived about two minutes later, surrounded the strip mall and evacuated the roughly two dozen businesses inside it, he said.
Police simultaneously searched the area for the robbers by ground and air.
A sheriff's bomb squad was sent in to determine if the bomb threat was valid, the sergeant said. The team sent in a robot with X-ray and video capabilities into the bank to look over the bags.
About 11:30 a.m., the explosives squad remotely detonated the sacks, determining that nothing hazardous had been inside them, police Sgt. Dennis Leach said. A short time later, authorities reopened the shopping center to workers and the public, he said.Next to a free-standing kiosk near the bank, investigators found the female bandit's hooded jacket. A witness reported seeing her take the garment off and throw it to the ground while fleeing the area on foot to the west, Harlan said (CBS 8 News, 2012).
Suspicious Package Shuts Down Temecula Bank
Date: October 18, 2012
Source: NC Times
Abstract: A suspicious package reported Thursday morning forced the closure of the Bank of America on Ynez Road, the branch near the Rancho California Road intersection, and the stretch of Ynez that fronts the bank.
The package, which turned out to be nonexplosive, was disposed of by the county's bomb squad, authorities said.
At around 9 a.m., someone called to report the package and police officers responded, evacuating the bank, the parking lot and shutting down traffic on Ynez.It took about three hours to dispose of the package and reopen Ynez for traffic (NC Times, 2012).
Suspicious Package Found Outside SD Central Jail Deemed Harmless
Date: October 27, 2012
Source: CBS 8 News
Abstract: A package was left in front of San Diego Central Jail Saturday and prompted a response from the bomb squad, but turned out to be a backpack full of paper, police said.
The "suspicious device" was reported in front of the facility at 1173 Front St. at 9:54 a.m., according to a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatcher.
A sheriff's deputy at the jail found the package leaning up against a gate, according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's bomb squad was called in to investigate, the dispatcher said. A fire engine and a medic were called in as a precaution, he said.Sheriff's officials reviewed video surveillance recordings and saw a transient man take off his backpack, set it down in front of the facility and walk away, Cali said. The backpack contained only papers, he said (CBS 8 News, 2012).