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Bomb Squad: No Threat After Courthouse Scare

Some surrounding streets in downtown Long Beach were closed for emergency vehicle access after a suspicious item prompted a courthouse evacuation.

An unattended briefcase in the law library at the Long Beach Courthouse prompted authorities to evacuate the building for about two hours Tuesday until a bomb squad determined there was no threat, police said.

Someone called police about 11 a.m., and the building at 415 W. Ocean Blvd. was evacuated, Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton said.

A bomb squad determined that the briefcase did not contain explosives, and the area was declared safe about 1 p.m., Eaton said.

Earlier, the Long Beach Police Department and county bomb squad searched the downtown courthouse after an 11 a.m. call about a suspicious item, police said.

The old courthouse was evacuated and several surrounding streets were closed to traffic to allow emergency vehicles to stage around the building at the corner of Magnolia and Ocean Avenue, across the street from the World Trade Center and federal building that houses the U.S. Customs and other agencies.

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