Suspicious package prompts evacuation of Canyon Country cinemas

A sheriff's deputy lifts a stretch of crime scene tape up to let a car in the parking lot of the Edwards Theater in Canyon Country out after the theater was evacuated due to reports of a suspicious package left inside on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

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.

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.

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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