SANTA MONICA—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department received reports of a “suspicious device” at the Santa Monica Courthouse on Wednesday, September 28, which prompted an emergency evacuation.
Officers from the Santa Monica Police Department warned residents to avoid the front of City Hall, 1700 block of Main Street, and Olympic Drive between Ocean and 4th at approximately 12:45 p.m., while they awaited the bomb squad’s arrival. The city of Santa Monica posted an emergency alert online.
Trials were suspended and jurors, judges and attorneys were all ordered out of the building. Sheriff’s Bomb Squad and Arson-Explosives Detail arrived on the scene at 1725 Main St., at approximately 1 p.m.
Sheriff’s Arson-Explosive Detectives rendered the device was safe around 3:20 p.m. According to authorities, they reported that there was “no threat.” Limited information has been divulged to the public regarding the incident.
The SMPD were on scene to assist with traffic and security. Road closures remained in effect in the area, including Main Street between Pico Boulevard and Colorado Avenue.
The arson team remained at the scene most of the day Wednesday to investigate the premises. An “all-clear” was tweeted from the city at approximately 5:45 p.m.
The Santa Monica Courthouse was evacuated for a suspicious package in December 2015 because of a similar situation.