Bomb threat prompts evacuation of Santa Monica Pier
Update: The Los Angeles Sheriff's Bomb Squad has determined the suspicious vehicle has been rendered safe, however the Pier remains closed.— Santa Monica Police (@SantaMonicaPD) September 12, 2017
Hours after a suspicious vehicle was deemed safe, the pier remained closed Monday until around 7:00pm local time.
Bomb scare at Santa Monica Pier pic.twitter.com/g6MKZKmlT9— Josh Berryman (@dinkelhaha) September 11, 2017
The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) confirmed with RT America that the evacuation was ordered due to a bomb threat. Police also confirmed as of 5:00pm local time that there were no injuries and that no bomb had been found.
Please avoid the #SantaMonicaPier until further notice due to police activity.— Santa Monica Police (@SantaMonicaPD) September 11, 2017
The SMPD has advised people to avoid the Santa Monica Pier until further notice due to “police activity.”
Police were first made aware of a possible bomb threat from notifications by the Hawthorne Police Department and the Culver City Police Department. No link has been found to any particular caller, according to the SMPD.
A perimeter search of the pier was conducted, and a suspicious vehicle prompted the evacuation. Local FBI officers have been assisting in the investigation.
Video taken at the beach shows a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) helicopter landing on the sand. People were seen recording video or not even getting up from their towels, where they bathed in the sun's rays.
The LASD and SMPD are investigating a suspicious vehicle.
Bomb scare at Santa Monica Pier pic.twitter.com/GtzF3X6lOF— Josh Berryman (@dinkelhaha) September 11, 2017
A bomb robot was searching the pier's parking lot, according to KABC.
The Santa Monica Fire Department has specifically advised people to evacuate the surrounding area and Ocean Avenue as well.
Santa Monica Police activity around the Santa Monica Pier. Please evacuate and avoid the entire Pier area and Ocean Ave.— Santa Monica Fire (@santamonicafd) September 11, 2017