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Evacuations in Encino prompted by suspicious device, LAPD says

March 6, 2012 |  9:41 pm

People were being evacuated Tuesday night in Encino after a suspicious device was found near a vehicle, police said.

A message was found near the device with a "specific threat" to a person, said Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department.

People were evacuated from an area near Newcastle and Santa Rita avenue by Ventura Boulevard, the LAPD said.

Members of the LAPD bomb squad were at the scene. Officers from the Criminal Conspiracy Section were also at the scene. An LAPD robot was  examining the device.

No other details were immediately available.

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