So scary. A bomb threat in Hollywood has temporarily shut down part of the iconic Sunset Strip, after a ‘suspicious package’ was reported to authorities. We have the terrifying details.
The Los Angeles Police Department responded to reports of a “suspicious package” at a shopping center on the Sunset Strip on Nov. 18, causing the stretch to temporarily shut down, according to TMZ. A bomb squad has been sent to the scene to investigate. Here is what we know.
“We responded to a call at 7:52 AM, from the 8000 block of West Sunset of a suspicious package in a parking lot,” LAPD Officer Matthew Ludwig EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com. “Sunset between Laurel Canyon and Crescent Heights is blocked off. All units are still on scene and it’s not known at this time what’s inside the package.”
The mall where the package was reported is home to a Starbucks, a movie theater, a Crunch Gym and several restaurants. Also on the Sunset Strip is the famed Laugh Factory, which has not yet been evacuated.
There are conflicting reports as to what the form of the “package” is, however, some are saying it was an abandoned backpack that had been left in a stairwell.
Following the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, which left 129 dead, authorities and citizens around the globe are on extra high alert. No chances are being taken with potential threats of terrorism, hence the prompt shutdown of the Strip.
As of now, there is no word as to when the Sunset Strip will be reopened to the public. We are praying for a safe and speedy operation.
UPDATE: Police have now said that this turned out to be a code 4 – miscellaneous object. The scene is being cleared up as of now.
We will keep you updated as this story develops.
— Casey Mink