Crime & Justice

Possible pipe bomb found at South LA's Manual Arts High School [Updated]

A possible pipe bomb was found today on the campus of Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles, and about 2,000 students and staff were evacuated to an athletic field while a bomb squad worked to remove the item.

"We have a situation of a suspicious package that was found in one of the bathrooms," said LAPD media liaison Officer Sharon Kim from the Southwest Division.

LAPD officers arrived around 11 a.m. The school was cleared to protect students.

The bomb squad was working to figure out if any more devices were on school grounds. The LAPD is working with Manual Arts High School's school police.

Police were sent to the 4100 S. Vermont Ave. campus at 10:50 a.m., said Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department. Traffic was routed away from the campus.

School is in session throughout the year at Manual Arts, said Monica Carazo of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

This story incorporates information from KPCC wire services.