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Officers remove suspicious device found near California Capitol

California Capitol locked down as CHP investigates suspicious device

The state Capitol campus is cordoned off and some offices have been evacuated while police investigate a suspicious package on the L Street side of the building, officers told The Bee.
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The state Capitol campus is cordoned off and some offices have been evacuated while police investigate a suspicious package on the L Street side of the building, officers told The Bee.

The California Highway Patrol has removed a suspicious device discovered near the California Capitol Thursday, ending a two-hour ordeal that closed the historic building’s north entrance and prompted downtown street closures.

L Street on the north side of the Capitol reopened about 12:30 p.m., about 45 minutes after a loud popping noise was heard as the bomb squad purposely exploded the device.

“Earlier this morning one of our officers on a routine patrol found a suspicious package,” said Officer George Granada of the Highway Patrol. The device was near the intersection of 11th and L on Capitol grounds.

While the Capitol continued to function, some offices on the north side were evacuated and businesses between 10th and 12th on L were asked to shelter in place, the CHP said. Vehicle traffic was blocked off at 13th and L and on 10th Street between L and N streets. Pedestrian traffic was blocked between 10th and 12th on L.

The Joint Rules Committee issued a memo early Thursday afternoon calling evacuated staff members back to work. “The suspicious device was detonated by law enforcement officials and proved to be non-threatening,” the memo said.

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