Police shut down roads near 7th and PCH Sunday due to suspicious device

Police shut down roads near Seventh Street and Pacific Coast Highway Sunday afternoon to investigate a report of a suspicious device in the area, authorities said.

Officers responded to the call at 12:16 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the intersection, which is just northeast of the VA hospital, and observed a device on the street in front of a business “that appeared to be suspicious,” said Long Beach police spokesman Lt. James Richardson.

Richardson said Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s bomb squad was requested to assist with the investigation.

The incident reduced or shut down the following roads: southbound PCH approaching Seventh Street was reduced to one lane while Seventh Street at PCH was shut down until about 3 p.m.

The incident has since been cleared with the bomb squad determining the device to be “non-explosive/inert,” according to Richardson.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.