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Bomb squad investigates suspicious package at L.A. City Hall [Updated]

July 19, 2011 |  1:36 pm

A bomb squad has been called to Los Angeles City Hall to investigate a suspicious package.

Police received a call about an envelope left at an ATM inside City Hall at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Responding officers closed down a stretch of Main Street between 1st Street and Temple, and the bomb squad was deployed to determine whether the package posed a real threat. That had not been determined as of 1:10 p.m., LAPD spokeswoman Diana Soukounian said.

[Updated at 4:45 p.m.: LAPD spokesman Richard French said the package "turned out to be harmless." He said officers inspected the package and found that it contained a powder substance, possibly a juice mix, and did not pose a threat. "There was no motive associated with it," he said."]

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-- Kate Linthicum at City Hall

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