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Union Station reopens after backpack with 'Bang' prompted delays

December 13, 2011 |  8:29 pm

Union Station was shut down by a suspicious package
Union Station was reopened Tuesday night after a suspicious package -- a backpack marked with "Bang" -- disrupted train service and prompted evacuations at the busy transportation hub as the evening rush-hour commute was gearing up.

The owner of the backpack was nicknamed "Bang Bang," said Lt. Vince Carter of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"That made deputies suspicious," Carter told The Times.

Deputies shut down portions of the historic station as bomb squad investigators examined the backpack, which was found about 4:50 p.m. by a fare inspector on a Red Line train.

The station was reopened shortly before 8 p.m., and commuters were allowed back on the Red and Purple lines, which had been shut down between Union Station and the Civic Center Station, officials said.

Commuters on the two lines could expect residual delays until about 9 p.m.,  the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a Twitter message.

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Photo: A suspicious package found on a Red Line train Tuesday led authorities to evacuate people from Union Station. Credit: KTLA-TV

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