COLORADO AVE — Officers closed roads around an office building on the 2800 block of Colorado Avenue Thursday afternoon to investigate what appeared to be a stick of dynamite.

A man reported that the object had been brought to his office two days ago by another person who found it in the Temescal Canyon area, not knowing what it was.

Officers responded at 4:13 p.m., confirmed that it appeared to be an explosive and evacuated the immediate area, closing off roads in the process. The Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad arrived on scene and determined that the object was a movie prop.

The perimeter and road closures were cleared at 7 p.m., and no crime is being investigated at this time.

This isn’t the first time a fake bomb has shut down Santa Monica streets.

In January 2011, a janitor alerted police to something that looked like a bomb in an alley west of Fourth Street and north of Wilshire Boulevard.

Police set up a perimeter and began evacuating nearby apartments and businesses from Fourth Street to Second Street, from Wilshire Boulevard to California Avenue, only to find that it was not an actual bomb, but rather a movie prop.

 

ashley@smdp.com