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LAPD bomb squad responds to possible threat in Koreatown

December 18, 2012 |  9:45 am

An LAPD bomb squad was called to a Koreatown intersection Tuesday morning after a possible threat was called in, authorities said.

Details of the incident were unclear, but Los Angeles police Officer Luis Garcia said someone called 911 with the bomb threat at 7:53 a.m. The caller mentioned the intersection of Wilshire and South Hobart boulevards but apparently did not mention a specific building, Garcia said.

Police arrived and began diverting nearby traffic, Garcia said. Television footage showed the bomb squad arriving shortly before 9:30 a.m. and a police dog searching the area.

It was not immediately clear if nearby buildings were evacuated. The Wilshire Boulevard Temple sits at the intersection, but a woman who answered the phone Tuesday morning said the temple was closed for the day.

An unidentified woman who answered the phone at a nearby law office said police were in the area Tuesday morning, but by about 9 a.m. they had not been asked to leave the building.

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