Leadville CMC campus evacuated after bomb threat
The Colorado Mountain College campus in Leadville was put on lockout Monday morning after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of around 68 people to the cafeteria, where they remained throughout the morning and afternoon.
Reports late Monday afternoon suggested no bomb was found.
The lockout alert was issued at around 9:20 a.m. after authorities said a suspect called in the threat to 911. That person was quickly arrested, authorities said, but no name had been released. Officials haven’t yet confirmed whether or not the suspect is a CMC student.
Lake County director of emergency management Mike McHargue was unable to say whether investigators believed the suspect had been acting alone or whether he was cooperating with investigators.
The incident came just days after a bomb threat made on an online message board placed schools in the Roaring Fork Valley under lockout. That threat turned out to be spam of undetermined origin.
Leadville public schools were placed on lockout Monday morning, meaning that no one could enter them but classes continued on as normal, McHargue told reporters during an afternoon news conference.
Roughly 30 first responders from local law enforcement agencies were on scene providing perimeter security, and the only road into the campus was blocked off.
Investigators were focusing on a backpack that had been left in the library, McHargue said.
McHargue didn’t know whether the suspect was a student at the college, but said that the person was arrested quickly and “was probably on campus” at the time.
“Because this is an active investigation, those seeking additional information should go to Facebook/LCOEM,” CMC said in an email. “If you are trying to locate a student or employee at the Leadville Campus, please contact Debbie Crawford, CMC public information officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org“
Classes continued as scheduled at all other CMC campuses.
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