Los Angeles police cleared Cal State L.A. on Thursday afternoon after a bomb threat forced the evacuation and closure of the campus.
The campus was cleared about 2:30 p.m., police said. However, it remained closed off more than an hour later, and a university tweet said classes were canceled for the remainder of the day.
About 4 p.m., a bomb squad was examining a backpack left behind at a McDonald's at Eastern Avenue and Ramona Boulevard, near the main university entrance. An employee said a man who was acting suspiciously left the bag behind, prompting the staff to call police.
LAPD Assistant Chief Michel Moore said school administrators, after learning of the threat sometime before noon, made the decision to evacuate the campus and cancel classes as a precaution. The caller said a bomb would explode in two hours, Moore said.