Suspicious package sets off evacuation, street closures

by Austin Dave, Staff Writer 694 views0

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Santa Clarita City Hall was evacuated Wednesday morning after city employees discovered a suspicious box, officials said.

They erred on the side of caution and called the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who then dispatched the bomb squad, according City of Santa Clarita Spokeswoman Gail Ortiz.

As a precautionary measure, sheriff’s officials shut down Valencia Boulevard between Magic Mountain Parkway and Citrus.

Technicians x-rayed the box and opened it, finding it to be empty.

Authorities deemed the package safe and evacuation orders were subsequently lifted. City Hall and Valencia Boulevard are both open as of 9:10 a.m.

Austin Dave, Staff Writer

Austin spent two years in the GVTV television production class at Golden Valley High School — one year on the staff and one year as the student producer. Following graduation in June 2009 he enrolled in the News Media class at College of the Canyons, where he enjoys his position as Web Director of Cougar News Online ( In his spare time, Austin films and edits projects for local businesses, schools and bands. Video editing and cinematography are his two deepest passions. He enjoys living in the city of Santa Clarita and is the youngest member of the SCVTV staff.

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