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Suspicious Package in Santa Monica Leads to Evacuations

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The area near Third Street and Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica was evacuated after a suspicious package was found in a dumpster between 3rd and 4th Streets, according to Santa Monica Patch. Several other streets were closed off while Santa Monica Police Department and the Los Angeles Bomb Squad investigated further. Nick Wilson, writer for LAist, was part of the nearby lockdown and said police tape was up when he arrived to work at 8 a.m. but that the tape has just been removed and that the package is being described as "not a bomb" but a "prop." The story is developing. 12:21 P.M. UPDATE: The bomb in question was a fake bomb that "was most likely a move prop mistakenly thrown away." Officers on the scene indicate it looked real with sticks of dynamite wrapped together with black tape and wires coming out at the top.