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Phony Nuclear Bomb Threat Prompts Closure of USC Campus

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An apparent phoned-in bomb threat prompted USC officials and LAPD to close a portion of the campus and surrounding streets down this afternoon. Although sources tell the LA Times it was believed to be a false report, officials had to act with precaution and shut down areas while searching for the apparent bomb. A suspicious package was located in the Leavey Library building. "The bomb threat at USC came in from the mental ward at County USC, police sources say. Police have cleared the scene now," tweeted the LA Times City Desk. "Apparently the caller mentioned a 'nuclear weapon.' But all is fine."

USC public safety officials alerted students that the situation was over at 2:09 p.m. "No suspicious devices or packages found. Safe to return to area," read a Trojan Alert text message.