Santa Monica Courthouse (File by Daniel Archuleta)

Santa Monica’s courthouse was temporarily closed Wednesday morning as authorities responded to a report of a suspicious package.

The Santa Monica Police Department received a call at about 7:30 a.m. regarding a suspicious package at the courthouse, according to Sgt. Rudy Camarena.

The information was forwarded to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which typically handles courthouse law enforcement.

Camarena said Santa Monica police did not have any additional information because the incident was handled by the sheriff’s department.

A sheriff’s spokeswoman said Wednesday afternoon that the department had no record of such a call or of any response activities Wednesday morning in that part of Santa Monica.

The courthouse, located at 1725 Main St., is close to City Hall and police headquarters as well as the Civic Auditorium and Santa Monica High School.

Several police cars were seen outside the courthouse Wednesday morning. Dozens of people gathered near the lawn outside the building during the closure.

Multiple attempts to reach officials at the courthouse were not successful Wednesday.

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