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September 13, 2006
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No explosives in suspicious outside downtown Calif. federal building

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES- No explosives were found in a suspicious package left at the downtown Federal Building that triggered evacuations and street closures early Tuesday, investigators said.

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad received word of a suspicious package inside a trash can, said Officer Martha Garcia, a police spokeswoman.

All the streets in the immediate area were closed, and the building was evacuated. About two hours later, the package was determined safe and the public was allowed back in the building.

The building houses various government offices, including those for Citizenship and Immigrations Services and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Meanwhile, a bomb hoax made by an anonymous telephone caller led to a huge cargo terminal at the Port of Los Angeles being evacuated for about two hours.

It was the second time in two days that a bomb threat has disrupted operations at the port which, along with the adjacent Port of Long Beach, is America's largest port complex and is considered a likely terrorist target.

Two suspicious packages were found but they were inspected and discovered to be harmless and the terminal was allowed to reopen at about 11:15 a.m., Coast Guard Lt. P.J. Jacquelin said.

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