STUDIO CITY—On Thursday, August 27, an investigation into a suspicious package strapped to a bench outside of a Chase bank in Studio City shut down the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard for over an hour.
Police received a call notifying them of the package, a medium sized silver suitcase, at 7:40 p.m. A bomb squad was called to the scene and they used an x-ray to scan the suitcase. It was determined that it contained no explosives. When the package was opened and examined it was found to contain a large battery.
The Los Angeles Police Department takes all reports of suspicious packages seriously. In an interview with NBC4, LAPD Sergeant Jeff Hart said, “The primary concern is the safety of the citizens and the business owners that live and work in this area, as well as the safety of the officers.”
Last month, a man who was shooting into the air was killed by police at the same intersection. A bomb squad had been called to the scene for that incident as well because the gunman had been holding a suspicious package, that was detonated by a robot at the scene.