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Hooters Bomb Threat Shuts Down Hollywood Boulevard

A man claiming to have an explosive in his lunch box drew police response near the Chinese Theatre on Thursday afternoon.

A stretch of Hollywood Boulevard is shut down after a man notified the Los Angeles Police Department that he had brought a lunch box containing a bomb inside the Hooters restaurant located across from the TCL Chinese Theatre. 

The stretch of road between Orange and Highland remains closed at this time as police evaluate the situation.

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The call was received around 4:45 p.m. PDT, though it is not clear whether the suspect remains inside the restaurant.

"He indicated he went into the restaurant and said he had a lunch pail and in there was a bomb,” a spokesperson for the LAPD tells The Hollywood Reporter. “He left that behind, and from there, everybody scrambled and called the police."

Businesses in the area have since been evacuated.

A suspect has not yet been arrested.

The news comes two days after a bomb threat at Hollywood-based news station KTLA turned out to be a hoax.