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By Wally Salton
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Bomb Squad Closes 210 Freeway After Pedestrian Tosses Suspicious Package onto the 210

Freeways Closed in Both Directions; 210, 5, 134, 110 Freeways All affected

 

December 12, 2016

KTLA

A suspicious item tossed onto the 210 Freeway in Pasadena prompted the partial closure of the roadway on Dec. 7, 2016.

Update: Sig alert cancelled at 10:45. All freeways have been reopened, the suspicious packet turned out not to be explosive or dangerous.

The 210 Freeway near Pasadena was completely shut down Wednesday morning as bomb squad investigated a suspicious item that a pedestrian threw into eastbound lanes, Pasadena Police Department Officer Peter Nicholson said. The pedestrian was at the Gold line station and tossed his jacket onto traffic. Said pedestrian had multiple outstanding police department arrest warrants, which explains the apparent overreaction by law enforcement. They made tens of thousands of commuters wait in traffic for over an hour while they invstigated.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept bomb squad was called to the Gold Line Station in Downtown Pasadena as well. Traffic was completely stopped on the 210 Freeway, the 5 Freeway, the 134 Freeway and the 110 Freeway leading into downtown Pasadena. Drivers were advised to avoid the area.

On the 210, drivers were taken off the Freeway at Dodger Stadium and turned back towards JPL, i.e. the other direction.

The call came in just before 8:50 a.m. Initially, only the eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway were shut down at Lake Avenue while multiple agencies, including the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, investigate the incident.

Around 10 a.m., the entire freeway was shut down for an unknown duration, CHP tweeted.

It was not immediately known how long the freeway closure would last. By 9:30 a.m. the traffic backup extended on the eastbound roadway for miles.

In a tweet, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez urged people to avoid the area around the 210 Freeway and Lake Avenue while police and a sheriff's bomb squad investigated the suspicious package.

 

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