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Bomb squad investigates abandoned briefcase outside Capitol

June 8, 2012 |  1:25 pm

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BriefcaseMissing a leather briefcase? You may want to call the California Highway Patrol, which dispatched a bomb squad to the park outside the Capitol on Friday when it was found abandoned.

After an examination by an officer suited up in protective gear, police determined there was no threat.

The CHP, which provides security at the Capitol, closed off part of the park near the west entrance of the building during the investigation.

A small group of onlookers gathered to watch the police work, and a few Capitol offices were evacuated during the operation, according to spokesman Sean Kennedy.

"We'll be back to normal soon," he said.

It was unknown who left the briefcase near a park bench or what was in it, Kennedy said.

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Photos, from top: A bomb squad officer approaches a briefcase in the park outside the Capitol; an officer holds the harmless briefcase. Credit: Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times

-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento

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