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'Suspicious Vehicle,' Possible Bomb Threat Investigated at Santa Monica Pier, Which Has Reopened Since Being Evacuated

Posted September 12

— A vehicle previously investigated as "suspicious" after a bomb threat was made to the Santa Monica Pier was deemed safe Monday evening, and the area was reopened, officials said.

The incident was reported about 12:30 p.m., when a bomb threat was received, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.

Officials received another call about a bomb threat to the Culver City Police Department, but neither calls were linked to a particular caller.

Police surrounded the area and found a "suspicious" vehicle in the southeast portion of the parking lot and the pier was evacuated.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials, along with the Santa Monica Fire Departments also responded to the incident. A local FBI agent is also assisting in search.

Video from the scene showed helicopters hovering over the pier and police vehicles driving on the sand.

Aerial video from the scene showed that the pier was clear of pedestrian traffic and it is cordoned off with yellow tape.

A robot was sent in to investigate a burgundy van parked in the pier parking lot and officials were inspecting it, aerial video showed.

Visitors are asked to avoid the area during the investigation.

Police also asked people who have parked their cars on the pier to be patient.

About 6:30 p.m., Santa Monica police tweeted that the vehicle was "rendered safe" after the investigation, and the pier was reopened shortly after.

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