Hoax prompts brief evacuation at Bellflower library

The library at the Bellflower Civic Center was briefly evacuated after someone called in a hoax threat Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Someone called at 11 a.m. and told library staffers they had three minutes to get out of the building, Lt. Joe Badali said.

The employees evacuated the building and called authorities, but it appears there wasn’t any danger, according to Badali.

“We brought our bomb dogs through the library and everything was clear and OK,” he said.

After about 20 minutes, everyone was let back inside, Badali said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.