Suspicious backpack causes alarm
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.
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.