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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

Third Street Promenade Reopens After Pressure Cooker Determined to be No Threat

Heightened security with US President Trump set to visit Santa Monica Tuesday.

 

September 20, 2019

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Police evacuated Santa Monica Blvd. at Second Street at 4 PM Monday.

9/16/2019: Santa Monica Police evacuated the Third Street Promenade Monday night, after a witness said that an indigent person had left a pressure cooker in or near a trash can.

The SMPD called in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bomb squad, as media helicopters circled overhead.

"The SMPD is investigating a suspicious package left in a trash can in the 1400 block of the 3rd Street Promenade. We are asking everyone to stay out of the 1400 block of the Promenade while we wait for investigators to arrive on scene. Updates will be given in 45 minutes." A second tweet notes that the 200 to 300 block of Santa Monica Blvd. has also been evacuated.

At 6:50 pm PST @santamonicapd tweeted: "Out of an abundance of caution the area is being evacuated. Please reach out to your family in the area and ask that they follow all law enforcement instructions."

Seven hours previously, the Los Angeles police department investigated a suspicious package discovered at union station in downtown Los Angeles. This turned out to be a motor scooter battery.

Police blocked off Santa Monica Blvd. at Seventh Street at 4 PM Monday.

At 5:28 pm, a witness called 911 to report that a transient placed a pressure cooker into a trashcan. This touched off the alert.

During the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, two homemade pressure cooker bombs detonated near the finish line of the race, killing three people and injuring several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs.

At about 8:30, the SMPD tweeted that they had “determined that the pressure cooker is not a threat to the public, and that “the Promenade will be reopened to the public at 10 pm Monday night.

"Officer have determined there is no threat to the public from the item placed in the trash container near the 1400 block of the #3rdStreetPromenade. We anticipate the area will reopen in before 10pm. We appreciate your patience & cooperation."

 

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