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Shrine Auditorium Evacuated, Red Carpet Shut Down Briefly Just Hours Before SAG Awards

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The red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium (Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis)
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The Shrine Auditorium was evacuated and the red carpet shut down today for 15 minutes—just hours before the SAG awards were scheduled to begin.

Everyone was escorted out at 1:55 pm this afternoon, and bomb-sniffing dogs swarmed the premises, Deadline Hollywood reported. Security sweeps aren't unusual before an awards show, but the mass evacuations so close to the start time at 5 pm are.

Fifteen minutes later, security allowed people back into the Shrine after going through an extensive search and metal detectors. The red carpet was also reopened but Deadline said there was no explanation given for the security sweep.