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Glendale temple evacuated after package with wire found outside

December 21, 2012 |  4:56 pm

Authorities close off streets near the Temple Sinai of Glendale Friday, Dec. 21, to inspect a suspicious package.

A suspicious package found outside Temple Sinai of Glendale has prompted police to evacuate nearby homes and businesses, officials said.

Glendale police have notified the Los Angeles County sheriff’s bomb squad, which is en route to inspect the package in the 1200 block of North Pacific Avenue.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was inside the temple. Phone calls to the temple went unanswered.

Temple Sinai is a Reform congregation that serves the Jewish community in Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena and the foothills.

Police have evacuated all businesses and homes within 100 yards of the temple as the bomb squad assesses the package, Sgt. Thomas R. Lorenz said.

Pacific Avenue was also closed to traffic between Stocker and Dryden streets.

Lorenz said the package "appeared to have wires."

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Photo: Authorities close off streets near Temple Sinai of Glendale to inspect a suspicious package. Credit: Brittany Levine / Times Community News