Explosion Reported Outside Chabad House of Santa Monica [UPDATED]
UPDATE 11:01 AM: Streets around Chabad House are being reopened. FBI determined it was not a bomb or incendiary device that caused the explosion, according to a live report on KNX.
A four-block area is closed off while authorities investigate the possibility of a hate crime after a pipe bomb explosion was reported near a Jewish synagogue at 17th and Broadway in Santa Monica.
The device exploded at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to L.A. Now. There were no reports of injuries or damage. FBI, LAPD bomb squad and Santa Monica police were all on the scene.
The explosion was reported to have occurred near the parking lot just north of Chabad House of Santa Monica, which is located at 1428 17th Street.