October 16, 2019 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Suspicious Package Found, Cleared Near Third Street Promenade

Second such incident in past week in Downtown Santa Monica

By Sam Catanzaro

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) temporarily closed down Santa Monica Boulevard near the Third Street Promenade after a suspicious package was found Sunday morning.

“Please stay out of the area of 4th and Santa Monica. We are investigating a suspicious package. We have the area contained and are waiting on bomb squad to arrive. More information will follow once they determine what we have,” SMPD wrote in a 10:23 a.m. tweet.

At 11:09 a.m. the SMPD announced that police activity had concluded, the area was clear and that the suspicious package was been deemed non-threatening.

This is the second time in the past week a suspicious package has been found near the Third Street Promenade. On Monday, September 16 a pressure-cooker-like object was spotted in a trash container in front of the Urban Outfitters on the Third Street Promenade, closing down a portion of the shopping destination for several hours as police investigated before determining the object posed no public safety risk.

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