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Exploding bottle prompts evacuation at Mattel, could be a prank

Police were called to Mattel Inc.’s corporate headquarters in El Segundo on Tuesday after a plastic bottle exploded.

A security guard at the toy company’s design studio at 2031 East Mariposa Ave. reported hearing what sounded like multiple explosions around 7 a.m., according to El Segundo police.

When authorities arrived, they found that a plastic bottle had exploded.

Employees inside were evacuated while sheriff’s arson and explosives investigators inspected the facility, but nothing else was found.

Police say they believe it was a prank but are still investigating.

No injuries were reported.

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