Security was ramped up Monday night across the Los Angeles transit system after an overseas tip came in about “an imminent bombing of the Metro Red Line’s Universal City station,” The Los Angeles Times reported Monday night.
“An anonymous man warned of a potential attack on Tuesday and provided the information on a tip line abroad, according to Deidre Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s office in Los Angeles,” The Times reports. “The tip line was run by an unidentified foreign government, which relayed the information Monday morning to an FBI terrorism task force. Fike declined to specify from which country the tip originated but said it was delivered in English.”
Federal and local authorities said Monday night they were still looking into the credibility of the threat, which they said was considered to be specific and imminent.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told reporters at a news briefing: “This could be real, it could be a hoax. We’re asking the public to stay calm and vigilant.”
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti noted that people should prepare for random bag searches, adding: “My advice is right now, everyone should go about their normal day tomorrow. People may see a heightened security presence … but don’t let those frighten you.”