UCSD student makes unsubstantiated bomb claim at Point Loma marine research facility

A San Diego bomb squad responded Wednesday afternoon to an unfounded report of possible explosives in the trunk of a car at a UC San Diego facility in Point Loma, officials said.

A UCSD student called San Diego police around noon saying he was worried a shipment of cold brew coffee supplies he'd purchased "could possibly be explosive in nature," San Diego Fire-Rescue Department bomb squad technician Mark Alvarez told OnScene TV.

The student was at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Nimitz Marine Facility off Rosecrans Street near Naval Base Point Loma. He told police he "thought he had a bomb in the trunk of his car," Alvarez said.

Alec Phillipp, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said the bomb squad arrived about 12:20 p.m., investigated the claim and confirmed there was no danger.

"We checked everything in his car, there (were) no explosives (and) nothing that is a danger to anybody," Alvarez said.

Personnel from San Diego's psychiatric emergency response team were meeting with the student to determine if the call was the result of a mental health issue, Alvarez said.

The Nimitz Marine Facility is the home port for the Scripps oceanographic research fleet. Its six acres feature a 110-meter-long pier, administrative offices, machine shops, instrument repair and calibration facilities, staging and storage areas and other facilities supporting Scripps ocean research.

Copyright © 2019, The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC. All rights reserved.