‘Hoax’ Device Prompts Closure of Downtown L.A. Metro Station, Disruption of 4 Metro Lines

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A "hoax" device prompted the closure of a major downtown Los Angeles Metro station, the response of an arson and explosives detail and the disruption of regular service on four Metro lines.

Authorities respond to a suspicious package outside Metro Center on July 7, 2016. (Credit: Dave Mecham / KTLA)

Authorities respond to a suspicious package outside Metro Center on July 7, 2016. (Credit: Dave Mecham / KTLA)

The Seventh Street/Metro Center station was closed due to police activity, Metro tweeted shortly after 2 p.m.

An "unattended package" prompted the response at Seventh and Flower streets, according to Ramon Montenegro of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Transit Services Bureau, which polices Metro.

The package was not on a train but somewhere in the station, and the department's arson and explosives team was sent to the scene, he said.

The device turned out to be a "hoax," Montenegro said about 5:30 p.m.

The arson team blew the device up, and trains began running through the station again.

The on-ramps and off-ramps to both directions of 110 Freeway at the Seventh and Sixth streets were temporarily shut down, the California Highway Patrol said on Twitter.

The Los Angeles Police Department assisted with the suspicious package response, LAPD Officer Aareon Jefferson said. The call came in at 1:57 p.m., Jefferson said.

The Blue and Expo lines were turned back at the Pico station, and the Red and Purple lines bypassed Metro Center, Metro initially said. The agency later said the Red and Purple lines suspended service between Westlake and Pershing Square stations, and then said the lines were skipping Metro Center.

Service was resuming, Metro said at 5:07 p.m.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.