Santa Monica Pier Reopened After Bomb Threat Inspection
A suspicious vehicle in the pier's southeast lot was rendered safe by the Santa Monica police department's bomb squad.
The Santa Monica Pier has been reopened and considered safe by Santa Monica Police after an evacuation due to a bomb threat on Monday afternoon.
People in the area were earlier instructed to avoid the area and Ocean Avenue, as a bomb disposal robot searched cars in the pier parking lot.
Santa Monica police department's Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez announced in a video on Twitter that a sheriff's bomb squad inspected a suspicious vehicle located in the southeast portion of the pier lot. The vehicle was rendered safe and local FBI assisted with the incident.
According to Santa Monica Police, a radar call was received at 12:30 p.m. Monday from Hawthorne police department of a potential bomb threat. Shortly after, another call was received by Culver City Police, but the caller could not be identified. The pier reopened around 7 p.m. Monday.
Monitor #SMAlert for Information related to Santa Monica Police activity around the Santa Monica Pier.— Santa Monica Fire (@santamonicafd) September 11, 2017
Bomb scare at Santa Monica Pier pic.twitter.com/GtzF3X6lOF— Josh Berryman (@dinkelhaha) September 11, 2017
Sept. 11, 6:35 p.m: Updated to include Lieutenant Rodriguez's announcement.
Sept. 11, 7:05 p.m: Updated to include the pier has been reopened.