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Bomb Squad Responds to Potential Threat Involving LAPD Patrol Car

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The LAPD has called in the bomb squad to check out a potential threat involving one of the department’s patrol cars in Koreatown.

The bomb squad is using a robotic device to check out the patrol car  which is parked in the 600 block of Harvard Boulevard, between West 6th Street and Wilshire Boulevard.

The LAPD received three phone calls calls starting at 2 a.m. Tuesday from a male voice who first reported that there was a explosive device at a Jewish temple in the area.  Police responded and checked out the nearby Wilshire Boulevard Temple and found nothing.

Then about 8 a.m. police received two more phone calls from a male voice reporting a suspicious device under an LAPD patrol car in that same area.  So far, officers have not found an explosive device.

“The LAPD car is not stolen,” said LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez. “It was placed there as a crime deterrent.”

About 30 to 40 residents have been evacuated as a precaution.  There are several street closures, including parts of Wilshire Boulevard, Hobart and Harvard Boulevards, West 6th Street and Kingsley Avenue.