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Bomb Scare Near Jewish Temple Ruled a Hoax

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) –A bomb threat involving an LAPD squad car parked outside a Jewish temple in Koreatown was determined to be a hoax.

Police said an unknown suspect called in a threat against the temple at 3663 Wilshire Blvd. early Tuesday.

That threat — which was confirmed by the temple on its Facebook page — “was taken care of” and cleared, police said.

But shortly before 8 a.m., police received another call saying there was a bomb at the intersection of Wilshire and South Hobart boulevards, said LAPD Officer Luis Garcia.

That call indicated there was a device either near or inside a patrol car parked nearby.

Both calls appeared to have come from the same pay phone, according to authorities.

The patrol car was lifted into the air by a heavy-duty police vehicle to be inspected from underneath by a robot.

Authorities soon determined there was no explosive in or around the vehicle, as the caller had threatened.