Man detained after saying he had a bomb in his vehicle outside Huntington Beach City Hall, police say

Police gather Thursday afternoon outside Huntington Beach City Hall, where the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad was called after a man told officers he had a bomb in his vehicle, according to police. (Courtesy of Huntington Beach Police Department)

A man was detained and being medically evaluated Thursday evening after he told Huntington Beach police he had a bomb in his vehicle, police said.

Police received a call at 4:08 p.m. from a City Hall employee who noticed a man in the parking lot acting erratically, said Police Department spokeswoman Angela Bennett.


Officers arrived and called the Orange County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad out of caution, Bennett said.

The surrounding area was evacuated and Yorktown Avenue was closed to traffic between Main and Lake streets, police said.


However, the bomb squad did not find a suspicious device, Bennett said.

Huntington Beach police posted on Twitter at 6:24 p.m. that City Hall was clear and all roads in the area had been reopened.

No further information was immediately available.

6:55 p.m.: This article was updated with a man being detained, with no device found.

This article was originally published at 6:05 p.m.


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