Sus­pi­cious back­pack causes alarm

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - By JULIE DRAKE Val­ley Press Staff Writer [email protected]­press.com

LAN­CASTER — An unat­tended back­pack con­tain­ing two smoke alarms that chirped be­cause of low bat­ter­ies prompted the evac­u­a­tion of the shop­ping cen­ter, in­clud­ing two fast food restau­rants, on the South­east cor­ner of Av­enue L and 10th Street West, for sev­eral hours, as Los An­ge­les County sher­iff ’s deputies in­ves­ti­gated the sus­pi­cious pack­age.

The Lan­caster sher­iff’s sta­tion re­ceived a call at 9:48 a.m., Mon­day about a sus­pi­cious unat­tended pack­age in the 800 block of West Av­enue L. Deputies evac­u­ated the shop­ping cen­ter, home to a Carl’s Jr. and Panda Ex­press, to con­duct their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment sent a haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als re­sponse team to as­sist. The sur­face streets near the shop­ping cen­ter re­mained open dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment bomb squad de­ter­mined the unat­tended back­pack that prompted the evac­u­a­tion con­tained a pair of smoke alarms that “chirped” be­cause of low bat­ter­ies, ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment.

No fur­ther de­tails were avail­able as of presstime Mon­day.

JULIE DRAKE/VAL­LEY PRESS

An unat­tended back­pack left in the 800 block of West Av­enue L prompted the evac­u­a­tion of a shop­ping cen­ter at Av­enue L and 10th Street West, for sev­eral hours Mon­day. A Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment bomb squad de­ter­mined the back­pack con­tained two smoke alarms with low bat­ter­ies that caused them to chirp.

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