SAN MARCOS, Calif. – A North County high school was evacuated Tuesday due to a bomb threat, but no device ultimately was found, local authorities said.
Just before 1 p.m., an unknown person called San Marcos High School and claimed an explosive device was on the campus, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Students and staff members were evacuated to a safe area as deputies scoured the area with bomb detection dogs.
By about 3 p.m., about 1,200 students were transported to the nearby San Marcos Middle School where they could be picked up by parents and guardians.
Students who spoke to FOX 5 said they didn’t know who was behind the threat.
“I started to believe it was real when I saw the helicopters and stuff,” one student said. “Overall, I was pretty calm and I think everyone was.”
Wednesday now will be an asynchronous learning day at the high school with all classes held virtually, the San Marcos Unified School District said.
Students who left personal belongings in classrooms are being allowed to return to campus Wednesday to retrieve them from 8-10 a.m.
Parts of San Marcos Boulevard near the school were closed to traffic during the incident, though the street since has reopened to travelers. The high school campus and its parking lots reopened by about 6 p.m., deputies said.
No devices were located following a search of the grounds, the sheriff’s department said.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.