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Downtown streets reopen after briefcase declared not to be bomb

Downtown streets reopen after briefcase declared not to be bomb
Los Angeles police officers examine an unattended briefcase found on a park bench outside City Hall (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / July 22, 2013) (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Downtown L.A. streets closed during Monday's commute were reopened after police declared safe an unattended briefcase found outside City Hall.

Authorities were called to the scene just after 7 a.m., when the case was spotted on a park bench on the south lawn of City Hall, Los Angeles police Officer Wendy Reyes said.

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Several area streets were blocked outside City Hall, Grand Park and the Los Angeles Police Department's headquarters were blocked by police tape, delaying drivers during the morning commute.

A bomb squad determined there were no explosives inside and police cleared the scene shortly before 8:30 a.m., officials said.

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