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UPDATE: Valencia Boulevard reopened following bomb scare at City Hall

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Posted: April 25, 2012 8:47 a.m.
Updated: April 25, 2012 10:43 a.m.

 

 

A bomb scare at Santa Clarita City Hall early today proved to be nothing but a scare as the Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad opened the suspicious package and found it empty.

Valencia Boulevard — which was closed down between Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus Street shortly after the 7 a.m. “suspicious package” call was received at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station — was reopened shortly after 9 a.m.

“A big nothing,” one sheriff’s deputy was overheard saying as the scene was cleared.

The cardboard box, about twice the size of a shoebox but the same depth, was found outside City Hall by an employee, who carried it inside and left it by the maintenance office. The box was sealed with black tape.

Employees subsequently became concerned about the package and phoned the Sheriff’s Station, and the building was evacuated.

Employees were contacted and told to come in at 9 a.m. but not allowed inside the building as an evacuation was carried out and Valencia Boulevard closed down. The employees were told to park across the street until they were cleared to come inside the building.

The Bomb Squad arrived around 8:30 a.m., and a command post was set up in the parking lot east of City Hall.

A bomb squad member entered the building carrying a shield and wearing protective face gear around 8:45 a.m.

The box was opened inside the building, a city spokeswoman said.

About 20 employees stood near the command post before 9 a.m., waiting for clearance to enter the building again and snapping photos of the bomb squad truck with their smartphones.

Rush-hour traffic was routed away from Valencia onto Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus Street. It was heavier than usual while Valencia was shut down, a sheriff’s official said.

kjonas@the-signal.com
661-287-5517

 

 

 

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