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Unattended luggage forces closure of Glendale college parking lot

Unattended luggage forces closure of Glendale college parking lot
A parking lot at Glendale Community College was shut down after an unattended piece of empty luggage was found.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

An unattended piece of empty luggage shut down a parking lot at Glendale Community College on Monday morning after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s bomb squad was called in to investigate.

The luggage, discovered in Parking Lot C off East Mountain Street  at 7 a.m., was reported first to the college’s police department, which called in Glendale police and later the bomb squad, the Glendale News-Press reported.

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“It turned out to be an empty piece of luggage,” said Glendale Community College Police Chief Gary Montecuollo. “There was no sign of criminal activity.”

As a precaution, the parking structure was evacuated and a campus-wide email was sent to all students, faculty and staff.

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By 10 a.m., the bomb squad had determined that the luggage did not pose a threat to safety.

“People were very understanding and patient with the protocol we had to follow,” Montecuollo said. “We’re thankful there was no evidence of any foul play.” 

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