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An unattended battery and other items found Friday in the Buena Vista Library in Burbank prompted a bomb squad and hazardous-materials team response, police said.

Employees at the library at 300 N. Buena Vista St. made the discovery about 7:50 a.m., while the library was closed, said Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green.

“When police officers arrived, they found an unattended 12-volt battery inside the library which was connected to a charging system, similar to a trickle charging device,” Green said.

“The charging system was plugged into an outlet, and a black powder- like substance was scattered on the floor nearby,” he said. “Due to the unusual circumstances, the library and the area immediately surrounding it was cordoned off.”

Traffic was routed away from the area, and a Burbank Fire Department hazardous-materials team was sent to the scene, along with a sheriff’s bomb squad.

“At about 10:50 a.m., the items were rendered safe by LASD arson/explosives investigators,” Green said, and the library was reopened.

“This incident is still under investigation by the Burbank Police Department,” Green said. “It is unknown who left these items behind, and when.”

Anyone with information was urged to call the Burbank police detectives at (818) 238-3210, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

— City News Service

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