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LAPD shuts down Valley street to investigate artillery shell [Updated]

February 17, 2011 |  1:01 pm

Click through for more information on West Hills in The Times' interactive data project, Mapping L.A. The Los Angeles Police Department closed a stretch of Fallbrook Avenue in West Hills on Thursday as the bomb squad was called in to deal with a foot-long artillery shell that was seen along a fence, officials said.

The call came in around 11 a.m., reporting the shell at a residence in the 7600 block of Fallbrook Avenue near Saticoy Street, according to LAPD officials.

Fallbrook Avenue was closed to traffic between Roscoe Boulevard and Sherman Way while the bomb squad investigated.

[Updated at 2:30 p.m.: Fallbrook Avenue and surrounding streets were opened shortly before 2 p.m. after the LAPD determined the artillery shell was an old movie prop.]

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