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Fake Bomb Planted In Front Of Whittier Planned Parenthood Prompts Evacuation
A bomb squad destroyed a device in front of the Whittier Planned Parenthood office Saturday, eventually determining it as a non-explosive, "hoax device." The clinic was evacuated while the bomb squad destroyed the device.
Police were called to 7655 Greenleaf Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Whittier Daily News. Police found a suspicious object at the scene and called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to send a bomb squad to address the situation.
The package was described as a "pipe with visible wires," according to CBS. The device prompted evacuations in nearby businesses and streets, according to ABC, before the authorities destroyed the object and deemed it a hoax.
The evacuations in the area were lifted just after 1 p.m., according to the Whittier Daily News. Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis told the WDN it "contained no explosives" and was "seemingly intended to cause panic."
Authorities are investigating who may have left the device. Anyone with pertinent information is encouraged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson/Explosives Detail of the Special Enforcement Bureau at (323) 881-7500.