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Bomb Squad Inspects Abandoned Housewares Item in Silver Lake Parking Lot

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Angelenos have been reminded to follow the mantra "If you see something, say something" when it comes to items left unattended around town, which has led to a rash of "suspicious package" reports locally in the wake of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. Today what appears to be a housewares item was inspected by the bomb squad after it was spotted and reported in a Silver Lake parking lot.Authorities were called to a mini-mall in the 2500 block of Glendale Boulevard at 12:20 p.m., according to Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section, reports City News Service. The mini-mall's primary tenant is a Ralphs supermarket.

The area was secured by authorities, and then the bomb squad's robot took over, inspecting then detonating the suspected device.

The container, which in aerial images captured by KTLA "appeared to be some kind of houseware such as a pressure cooker or rice cooker," according to L.A. Now, turned out to be empty.

On Tuesday, a man claiming there was a bomb aboard a Metrolink train caused a 90 minute service halt to accommodate inspection. Later that night, a bomb threat ultimately deemed a hoax led to the evacuation of the KTLA studios in Hollywood. And earlier Wednesday, the bomb squad checked out a suspicious briefcase that was left in a UCLA parking structure. In all cases there were no explosives at the scene.