Torrance Elementary School in Torrance California was evacuated Tuesday morning due to a possible bomb threat, according to authorities.
Torrance police said they were investigating the threat with the help of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s explosives trained K-9 unit. The threat occurred around 10:15 A.M. PCT, though officers have not confirmed if the threat is credible.
UPDATE 3:12 P.M. EST – Police have cleared Torrance Elementary School after sweeping the school and finding no harmful materials. Classes will resume.
An alert acknowledging the threat was sent by the city around 11:00 A.M. PCT.
The Torrance Police Department released the following statement on their Facebook page:
Students and staff were evacuated to the athletic field in a “precautionary” measure, officials stated.
“Student safety is our priority and all students and staff are safe. We appreciate parent patience as we deal with this situation. We will send out an update as soon as we have additional information,” the district said in a statement.
Torrance Elementary School
Torrance Elementary School is located in Torrance, California, and serves students Kindergarten through fifth grade. The school is the home of the Tigers.
Torrance is a city in the South Bay (southwestern) region of Los Angeles County, California, United States. Torrance has 1.5 miles of beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Torrance has a moderate year-round climate with warm temperatures, sea breezes, low humidity and an average rainfall of 12.55 inches per year.
Since its incorporation in 1921, Torrance has grown rapidly. Its estimated 2013 population was 147,478.