A suspicious package found at a U-Haul facility in Pasadena Monday prompted evacuations and the closure of a freeway and other roads as a sheriff’s bomb squad and federal authorities investigated.
The item was reported about 5:50 p.m. on or in a vehicle at the U-Haul lot in the 500 block of South Raymond Avenue, just north of California Boulevard, according to Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Police Department.
The area within a half-mile radius was evacuated as a precaution, Derderian said.
A bomb squad rendered the item safe about 9 p.m. About six to eight inches long and with tape and wiring, it looked like an explosive device and was attached to the back of a U-Haul truck, but turned out not to be explosive, police told reporters at the scene.
Vehicle and pedestrian traffic was blocked on Del Mar Boulevard to the north, California Boulevard to the south, Pasadena Avenue to the west and Marengo Avenue to the east, Derderian said.
The nearby offices of radio station KPCC and the LAist website, in the 400 block of South Raymond Avenue, were evacuated, those outlets announced on Twitter.
In addition to Pasadena Police Department officers and a sheriff’s bomb squad, personnel from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also on hand, Derderian said.
The investigation also prompted the closure of the Pasadena (110) Freeway at Fair Oaks Avenue for about an hour until around 9 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Metro halted Gold Line trains between the South Pasadena and Memorial Park stations. Buses were used to shuttle passengers between the two stops, Metro reported.