Beverly Center Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package

3:16 PM PST 03/24/2013 by THR Staff
Beverly Center

UPDATED: The LAPD bomb squad detonated the suspicious package reported at the mall.

Updated: The LAPD bomb squad detonated the package after the Los Angeles Fire Department doused it, a LAPD spokesperson tells THR, confirming an ABC7 report. No explosives were found, the LA Times reports. 

Previously: The Beverly Center mall has been evacuated and a bomb squad was called after a suspicious package was reported to police.  

Police were called around 12 p.m. by an owner of a vehicle who stated that there was a briefcase in the back seat of his car that wasn't there previously, an LAPD spokesperson says to The Hollywood Reporter.

When officers arrived, they made the decision to call the bomb squad and evacuate the Beverly Center. 

The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the news, noted that the car was parked in the multilevel garage at the mall.

The mall is located at 8500 Beverly Boulevard. 

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