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Suspicious Package Shuts Area Down Near USC [Updated]

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USC Officials are reporting, via Trojans Alert, that a suspicious package found two blocks from campus has prompted the immediate evacuation of the area around 35th Place and Budlong. "Stay away," officials urge.

UPDATE: "The suspicious device call near USC turned out to be a pipe bomb," tweeted KTLA. USC officials say LAPD is still on scene investigating and that most of the neighborhood has been reopened.

Update #2: USC expands on the incident in a follow-up alert: "The suspicious device orignally reported on 35th Place at Budlong was actually on 35th Place near Normandy. The package, indentified by LAPD as a pipe bomb, has been removed. The neighborhood has been reopened however police activity may continue in the immediate area of the incident. Any suspicious packages, devices, or objects should be reported immediately to DPS or the LAPD."

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