The California Highway Patrol Temecula office is continuing an investigation into a bomb threat that was called into the Temecula office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Thursday morning after officers determined the building to be safe just after 12:30 p.m.
According to Officer Mike Lassig, the CHP was dispatched to the location on Diaz Road in Temecula and responded to the location at 10:27 a.m., evacuating the building of all employees and visitors and conducting an internal and exterior search of the facility.
As officers on the scene waited for CHP bomb dogs to arrive, officers visited nearby businesses giving them the option of leaving the area or sheltering in place. Officers also closed Diaz Road from Rancho Way to Montezuma road.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Southwest Station reported just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday on Facebook that the CHP was investigating a “suspicious device threat” at the Temecula Department of Motor Vehicles and urged the public to stay away from the area.
At roughly 11:27 a.m., an alert was sent to Temecula resident’s phones, telling of the investigation and asking them to “shelter in place.”
Lassig said the dogs executed a search of the building both inside and out and did not find anything explosive or dangerous. Afterward, officers determined the building was safe and cleared the scene at 12:36 p.m.
Lassig said whether or not the DMV would remain open for the remainder of the day was at the discretion of the DMV office. Calls to the DMV regarding whether they would remain open went unanswered.
Lassig said the investigation into the bomb threat call is ongoing.
“Even though the building is secure, we are investigating as to why this person made the threat along with DMV investigators,” Lassig said.
This is a breaking news story that will be updated as more information becomes available.