Businesses in a strip mall in Canyon Country were evacuated Wednesday as Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to reports of a bomb threat that eventually was deemed not credible.
“We’re responding to a business on the 16400 block of Delone Street in Canyon Country and are investigating suspicious activity,” SCV Sheriff’s Station Spokeswoman Deputy Natalie Arraiga said just after 1 p.m.
The threat, which was made via phone call, was deemed a false alarm just after 3 p.m., and the businesses were able to resume normal operations, according to Arriaga.
Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel also responded to the scene of a strip mall, confirming it was first reported as a bomb threat, just before 1 p.m., according to Supervisor Marvin Lim.
“Evacuations are in progress,” Lim said at 1:15 p.m. “They’re on (the) scene with the sheriff, and it looks like (the) sheriff (deputies) are going to take the lead.”
SCV Sheriff’s Station officials advised the public to stay clear of the area during the investigation.
A bomb-detection dog was called in to assist in the investigation while fire personnel remained on standby.
After the bomb dog swept the perimeter of the building and sheriff’s officials cleared the area, the incident was concluded.
The incident remains under investigation as a false bomb report, which is a felony, Arriaga added.
This is a breaking news story, and will be updated as more information becomes available.