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Newport Beach city hall evacuated after suspicious backpack found

October 1, 2012 |  1:15 pm

About 200 Newport Beach city staffers have been evacuated Monday after an employee reported seeing a suspicious backpack left in a breezeway between the City Council Chambers and an administration building, police said.

A voluntary evacuation is also in effect for about 10 businesses on 32nd Street between Newport Boulevard and Villa Way, said Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.

The initial call to police came about 10 a.m. and deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad arrived at city hall about 10:45 a.m.

"The [Newport Beach police] officer responded and took a look at the package and decided that as a precautionary measure, we would have the bomb squad check it out," Lowe said. "We're awaiting news from them."

Lowe said she didn't have information about the size of the backpack, but that it was camouflage patterned.

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