Bogus threats were phoned in to Huntington Beach High School and other Orange County campuses Friday morning, which authorities suspect may be related to Friday the 13th.

An “unidentified male” called a school receptionist at Huntington Beach High about 8 a.m. and said he had placed explosives on campus, said Officer Angela Bennett.

Police swept the campus and did not find “anything suspicious whatsoever,” Bennett said. Students sheltered in place until the lockdown was lifted about 9:30 a.m., she said, adding that officers planned to remain on campus the rest of the day to reassure students and teachers.

Carole Thomas, an assistant to the superintendent of the Huntington Beach Union High School District, said other school districts in the county got similar calls on Friday morning and officials suspect it may have something to do with the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th.

Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that multiple schools in the county were affected.

“There’s a lot of these going on,” she said late Friday morning. “We have gotten a few threats to some of our high schools.”

All of the threats were deemed to be hoaxes, Braun said.

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