CORONA: Bomb threat near Parkridge Elementary School empties campus

A Corona elementary school, apartment complex and mobile home park were evacuated today after authorities found a note attached to a van stating that there was a bomb in the vehicle.

“We received a call of a man down in a vehicle behind a vacant business in the 800 block of Main Street,” Corona Fire Department spokeswoman Lynn Mata told City News Service.

“When our personnel arrived, they found a note containing a bomb threat,” she said. “The man in the vehicle was unconscious.”

According to Mata, the call was received at 10:23 a.m. Police officers subsequently implemented mandatory evacuations for nearby Parkridge Elementary School, the Parkridge Meadows Apartments and the Amberlight Mobile Home Estates.

The area around Main and Parkridge Avenue was shut down, according to police.

Mata said 750 students and 80 staff from Parkridge Elementary were transported to Norco High School, where parents were being told they could retrieve their children.

The man passed out in the vehicle did not respond to emergency personnel, and Mata said paramedics would not get close until the police bomb squad gives the all-clear.

Along with Corona police and fire, Riverside County agencies were at the location to assist, Mata said.

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