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Beeping package deemed safe after KNX radio building evacuated

September 25, 2012 | 11:14 am

Several L.A. radio studios were evacuated Tuesday after a beeping package was dropped off at a second-floor lobby of a Miracle Mile building, but the package was later found to be safe.

The Wilshire Boulevard building — which houses KNX-AM 1070, KFWB, 94.7 The Wave, K-Earth-FM 101 and other offices — was evacuated after the package was discovered Tuesday morning, authorities said. A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was called to the scene as news helicopters circled overhead.

The package was later deemed safe. The building was reopened by authorities about 10:45 a.m.

KNX-AM 1070 radio went off the air temporarily after the package was found.

Receptionist Sasha Elycia said she heard a mysterious beeping about 10 minutes after she arrived at work at 8 a.m. Thinking it was a phone with a battery dying, she began looking around the lobby and found the box, sitting in an area where deliveries are usually kept.

"It was not a familiar sound," she said of the noise, which she described as a "tick-beeping."

Elycia took the package to a sound engineer, who said he didn't recognize the noise either. They called building security, who notified LAPD.

"I felt very uncomfortable and a little frightened," Elycia said. "I thought about throwing the box out the window."

The box was addressed to on-air talent, witnesses said, and was among other promotional material sent to the building. Several KNX employees tweeted pictures of clocks, identifying them as the "suspicious packages."

The second and third floors of the 27-story building were initially evacuated; the entire building was later cleared.

KNX went off the air during the evacuation and instead broadcast news from KCBS out of San Francisco. Other stations also used affiliates, according to Valerie Blackburn, a market controller.

"Ive never been part of BREAKING NEWS before, COVERING it yes, part of it no," KNX's Randy Kerdoon tweeted. "Just another surreal day in LA."


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Photo: KNX building evacuated after suspicious package found. Credit: KTLA-TV, Channel 5