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Traffic at L.A. Civic Center briefly shut down because of suspicious briefcase

Brief A suspicious briefcase found chained to a fence led police to cordon off a few blocks of Los Angeles'  Civic Center area.

A bomb squad from the LAPD is currently investigating the briefcase, which was discovered around 12:30 p.m. Friday on a sidewalk near the corner of First Street and Broadway, a police spokesman said.

City Hall, court buildings, and the Los Angeles Times are located nearby. Police blocked traffic and pedestrians from traveling on several blocks surrounding the briefcase for about an hour. They cleared the incident about 1 p.m.

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Map shows the intersection near where a briefcase was found chained to a fence in downtown. Source: Google Maps

 
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