A suspicious package found in the arcade of the Edwards Cinema movie complex in Canyon Country prompted the evacuation of the building and the request for bomb squad technicians.
The package was reported to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s deputies at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, at Edwards Canyon Country 10 cinemas, Sgt. Scott Shoemaker told The Signal.
“A suspicious package was left in the arcade area of the movie complex,” he said. “The person who found it consulted with theatre employees.
“Whatever it is, it was suspicious enough for us to be treating seriously,” he said.
Movie theater evacuated in Santa Clarita after a suspicious package of some sort was found inside. Arson/explosives detail en route. pic.twitter.com/WgPbZLD2iK
— Austin Dave (@AustinDave_) March 2, 2017
Specially-trained explosives deputies were called to the scene.
Asked if the bomb-handling robot would be employed, Shoemaker said: “That’s generally what we do in cases like this.”
An Arsons and Explosives unit examined the package and at 7:53 p.m. determined no explosive device was found, according to a tweet posted to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Twitter account.
UPDATE: ALL CLEAR AT CANYON COUNTRY MOVIE THEATER. Arson/Explosives Unit examined package, no explosive device found. pic.twitter.com/PCfCJwmP4k
— SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) March 2, 2017
By 8:51 p.m., units had cleared the plaza’s parking lot.
It remains unclear what the suspicious package in question was.
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