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Shopping mall evacuated; bomb squad investigates packages [Updated]

September 22, 2011 |  4:43 pm

Photo: Shoppers walk through the Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times The Sherman Oaks Westfield Fashion Square mall was evacuated Thursday after officials discovered a suspicious package.

The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was sent to the scene about 4 p.m. as shoppers were evacuated by shopping mall security personnel.

It's unclear what was inside the package or whether it posed any risk.

[Updated, 8:14 p.m.: Authorities determined that the suspicious package was not a threat or an explosive device.]

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Photo: Shoppers walk through the Westfield Fashion Square mall in Sherman Oaks. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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