Heavy security at subway stations in Los Angeles greeted commuters on Tuesday as federal and local authorities investigated a specific but uncorroborated threat to detonate a bomb at the Metro Red Line’s Universal City station.
Local media broadcast footage of gun-toting deputies searching passengers’ bags while bomb squad teams led bomb-sniffing dogs around stations across the Los Angeles County transit system.
(Los Angeles Mayor releases more information about a threat to a subway station that led heightened security throughout the metropolitan transit system. Courtesy of the Associated Press and YouTube)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who boarded a train at the Universal City station himself on Tuesday, said law enforcement was prepared and asked the public to be vigilant.
Law enforcement officials told the news conference the threat had been relayed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a law enforcement agency in another country, where the threat had originated. Officials did not identify the country.
The male caller, speaking in English, had warned authorities in that country of a potential attack on Tuesday targeting the Red Line station, which is across the street from the Universal Studios theme park, Beck said.
(Officials have heightened security, but urged people to go about their business normally after a threat was called in that warned of a terrorist attack at a metro stop near Universal Studios in Hollywood. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube)
The caller did not threaten to carry out the attack, but said he was alerting law enforcement.
The Red Line runs between downtown Los Angeles and northern neighborhoods, including Hollywood and North Hollywood. It carries about 145,000 passengers a day as part of the city’s larger transit system.
(Writing by Gina Cherelus in New York; Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Daniel Wallis and David Gregorio)