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Bomb Scare Prompts Temporary Evacuation of Santa Monica Pier
By Niki Cervantes
September 11, 2017 – A bomb scare prompted an hours-long evacuation of the Santa Monica Pier Monday afternoon, with law enforcement urging the public to stay away from the famous tourist destination as the bomb squad conducted a search.
The Santa Monica Police Department(SMPD) tweeted at just before 4 p.m. that it was investigating a bomb threat involving a suspicious vehicle and had evacuated the popular destination.
According to local news outlets, Santa Monica police received a call from the Hawthorne Police Department regarding a possible bomb threat on the pier. Culver City police also alerted the SMPD after receiving a similar call.
After a search, police zeroed in on a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot south of the pier, according to reports. An evacuation was ordered.
After 6:30 p.m., a Los Angeles County Sheriff's bomb squad deemed the vehicle safe.
Opened on September 9, 1909, the pier is a symbol of sun and fun on the beach -- Southern California living at its best -- and an international destination which attracts more than 6 million visitors a year.
Monday’s scare came as Santa Monica fire fighters commemorated the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, PA.
Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and eight EMTs or paramedics.
Ceremonies were held in fire stations at 6:45 a.m.
According to a tweet, Monday's bomb threat also prompted the cancellation of a meeting at the pier of PRO/CON, a non-partisan series of debates on current issues. The topic Monday was to be electoral reform.
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