Suspicious briefcase at Hall of Records deemed harmless [Updated]
The Los Angeles County Hall of Records was evacuated and downtown streets were blocked Thursday morning after someone reported a suspicious package in the bushes outside the building. The object, a briefcase that had been partially buried in the bushes, was determined to be harmless.
Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said the package was found at about 8:42 a.m. and the department's bomb squad responded. As of 10:50 a.m., the scene had been cleared and people were allowed to return to the building.
[Updated at 11:55 a.m.: Whitmore said the object was a “handmade wooden briefcase” with nothing inside.]
-- Abby Sewell