Hollywood Boulevard Metro Station Closed After Suspicious Packages Found
The bomb squad was sent to the area and determined that the bags contained only clothes.
The Hollywood and Highland Metro station was shut down after two suspicious and unattended packages were found, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Sgt. Pauline Panis told THR that the packages forced an immediate evacuation of the surrounding area, and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department bomb squad was sent to the scene. Streets, including Hollywood Blvd., were closed to traffic near the station.
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Both north and southbound trains were reverted and police shut down both sides of Hollywood Boulevard, according to ABC 7. The news station also confirmed shortly after 5 p.m. that both bags have been cleared and were stuffed with clothing.
Metro tweeted at 5:28 p.m. that regular train service at the station has resumed, and the red line is now running as usual. All streets in the area have reopened for traffic.
The Sheriff's Department and Metro posted tweets updating the public on the situation, which can be seen below.
Red Line resuming normal service; earlier issue cleared. Upcoming Advisories: http://t.co/0aUYsDKHGD. ^LA— Metro Los Angeles (@metrolosangeles) January 14, 2015
#LASD Arson/Explosives Detail identified suspicious packages as containing clothing only. The area is being cleared for public.— LA County Sheriff (@LASDHQ) January 14, 2015
Hollywood Blvd at Highland is open for traffic. Metro trains shall resume normal operations after suspicious packages deemed safe. #LASD— LA County Sheriff (@LASDHQ) January 14, 2015