New student Elizabeth Miranda, 20, talks to LBPD after they search her car for an explosive device on Thursday, Jan. 15. The threat was called off around noon by authorities. No bomb was found.
New student Elizabeth Miranda, 20, talks to LBPD after they search her car for an explosive device on Thursday, Jan. 15. The threat was called off around noon by authorities. No bomb was found.

By Samwell Favela / Staff Writer

New student Elizabeth Miranda had an explosive welcoming to LBCC.

An emergency alert was broadcast to LBCC students regarding a possible explosive device found on the LAC at 10:01 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 .

A lockdown was enforced, following evacuations and canceling classes starting before 2 p.m. in buildings A, B. N, P, Q, R and T.

LBPD blocked off the south half of the LAC to ensure campus safety, with a spot set up for press on Village and Faculty. Police and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. investigated a suspected green Honda parked in front of Building A on Carson Street for almost two hours.

At 11:50 a.m. police backup was canceled and an email was sent to students, employees and faculty at 12:11 p.m. by LBCC officials saying the emergency was over.

After thoroughly inspecting Miranda’s car, authorities cleared her to leave.

“I was just here to register for classes,” said 20-year-old Miranda.

Miranda had just finished taking an assessment test when she was informed that her car was under investigation.

“Someone thought the box in my back seat was a bomb. There’s just papers in it.”

The new student didn’t know who notified the authorities, but she was happy to find out that her car was okay.

When the bomb threat was first reported, Superintendent-President Eloy Oakley had just finished the Foundation Breakfast with LBPD Chief Robert Luna.

“I feel very comfortable that LBPD is always nearby and do a great job like today,” said Oakley.

In case of emergency, people may call 911 or 9911 from a campus phone, or (562) 938-4910 or (562) 435-6711 for general safety concerns. To sign up for text message or email alerts, people must enter a mobile phone number on their student services account. A step-by-step YouTube video of how to sign up for text and email alerts can be found at YouTube.com/user/LongBeachCityCollege.

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