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Suspicious Package in Eagle Rock Prompts LAPD Action (UPDATE)

Police close the 2200 block of Merton Avenue to investigate—and find a harmless substance.

Second Update:

The LAPD Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious-looking package Monday—and found that it was a harmless substance.

"It was some dirt in a box," Lt. Mike Menza, the watch commander at the Northeast Community Station, told Patch. Menza said he was informed about the contents of the package by the Northeast LAPD supervisor on the scene, Sgt. Yasir Gillanni, at about 11:15 a.m.

This past Monday, on July 9, police blocked off a stretch of Colorado Boulevard after somebody walked into Fire Station 42, near Eagle Rock City Hall, with what he said were some old "explosives." The Bomb Squad determined that they were fireworks.

Update:

The LAPD Bomb Squad, accompanied by officers from the Northeast Community Station, blocked off the 2200-block stretch of Merton Avenue between the building on Eagle Rock Boulevard and well beyond the Monday to investigate a suspicious-looking package.

A gleaming black Bomb Squad truck that was initially parked on the south side of Merton, adjacent to the Citibank building, drove up at around 10:30 a.m. to the site directly in front of the Solheim assisted living facility on 2236 Merton Ave., where the package appeared to have been spotted by a caller who alerted the LAPD earlier.

The truck pulled up alongside something wrapped in blue-colored tarp, which lay in the middle of the street behind a white-colored Bomb Squad vehicle that had its back open.

No immediate details about the suspicious-looking package were immediately available.

Previously:

The LAPD blocked off the 2200 block of Merton Avenue in Eagle Rock early Monday after somebody called 911 to report a suspicious-looking package.

“We don’t know what it is,” Lt. Mike Menza, the watch commander at the Northeast Community Station, told Patch. “We’re going to have the bomb technicians look at it if they haven’t already.”

Menza said four our five LAPD squad cars arrived in the area at about 9 a.m.

Stay tuned for any further details, which we’ll report as they become available.

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