Authorities Investigate Suspicious Suitcases Found in Downtown Long Beach • Long Beach Post

Two suitcases chained to a bike rack near a parking structure in downtown Long Beach prompted street closures and a response from a bomb squad that ultimately rendered the objects safe Thursday afternoon.

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The incident was reported at 1:35PM on Magnolia Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and Broadway. The parking garage, which is adjacent to Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse, was locked down but no evacuations were ordered, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria.

A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) bomb squad ultimately detonated the objects about two hours later, causing a loud bang that could be heard in the area.

Authorities did not say what was inside the suitcases.

No one was injured.

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Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.

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