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Fake Bomb Planted In Front Of Whittier Planned Parenthood Prompts Evacuation

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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."

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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.