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East High School campus declared safe after evacuation due to 'possible bomb threat'

East High School in Salt Lake City on Oct. 28, 2019. The school received a possible bomb threat on Friday, but school officials believe it was likely a hoax.

East High School in Salt Lake City on Oct. 28, 2019. The school received a possible bomb threat on Friday, but school officials believe it was likely a hoax. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City police have determined that East High School's campus is safe after an extensive search Friday after a bomb threat.

A school employee received a call about a "possible bomb threat," according to a tweet by Salt Lake police, and the Salt Lake City School District chose to evacuate "out of an abundance of caution."

A Salt Lake City School Resource Officer began coordinating with the school's administrators and school district officials following the threat. The campus was cleared by police about 3:15 p.m.

In an email sent to parents, the school's administration said it received the threat about 12:10 p.m. Additional officers responded to the campus and helped establish a reunification center at a nearby church, according to police.

"It is highly likely that this is a hoax, however, we wanted to ensure everyone's safety," the email read. "Police are sending specialized teams to check the building and we will send more information as it is available."

At the time of the investigation, 1300 East in between 800 South and 900 South were closed. All roads have since reopened.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is receiving assistance from the FBI regarding the case.

Contributing: Ashley Fredde, KSL.com

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Bridger Beal-Cvetko covers Utah politics, Salt Lake County communities and breaking news for KSL.com. He is a graduate of Utah Valley University.

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