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Sheriff’s deputies investigate a suspicious item found Tuesday in Artesia. Photo: OnSceneTV

The Texas bombings have residents there on edge, but the Los Angeles public is also weary as law enforcement tackles calls about suspicious items here at home.

Two suspicious items, one in Venice and the other near Marina del Rey, prompted police investigations Tuesday, but both were determined not to pose any threat.

Officers were called about 12:30 p.m. to the Villa Marina Marketplace, an open-air shopping center in the 13400 block of Maxella Avenue in the Del Rey area, to check out an abandoned item that was later found to be harmless, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

About the same time, a suspicious item was reported at a storage facility in the 600 block of Venice Boulevard and the immediate area was evacuated, according to LAPD Officer Drake Madison and a report from the scene.

The investigation in Venice ended about 4:40 p.m. when that item was also found to be no threat, according to the LAPD.

Both items prompted a bomb squad response, but the two did not appear to be linked, Madison said.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a “suspicious item” call in the area of 176th Street and Pioneer Boulevard in Artesia.

The item, possibly a box, was creating strange noises with wires exposed, according to a videographer at the scene.

Deputies determined the item was a discarded anti-theft device that posed no risk to the public.

–City News Service, staff

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