Bomb Squad Robot Detonates Suspicious Device on 5 Freeway in Sun Valley

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A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad robot early Friday morning detonated a suspicious device on the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley, authorities said.

An LAPD bomb squad robot detonated a suspicious device on the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

An LAPD bomb squad robot detonated a suspicious device on the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A caller, possibly a Caltrans worker, about 12:18 a.m. reported the tube-shaped object on the freeway’s center divider near the intersection of Sheldon Street and North Laurel Canyon Boulevard (map), said Officer Alex Rubio of the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP issued a SigAlert shortly before 1 a.m. and the freeway was closed in both directions. Northbound traffic was diverted onto Lankershim Boulevard, while southbound traffic was directed onto the 170 Freeway, Rubio said.

An LAPD bomb squad responded to the scene, where it deployed a robot that examined and later detonated the device.

It remained unclear if the tube contained explosives, the CHP said.

All lanes on the freeway were reopened as of 3:30 a.m.