Santa Monica police determined there was no threat to the public after bomb squad investigators responded to the scene of a suspicious package, prompting an evacuation of 3rd Street Promenade on Monday.
Authorities responded to the 1400 block of 3rd Street Promenade around 5:30 p.m., evacuating everyone between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard as members of the bomb squad investigate the suspicious item, the Santa Monica Police Department said.
The incident began when a witness called 911, saying they had seen someone put a pressure cooker, or something that looked like a pressure cooker, into a trash can in front of the Urban Outfitters on the 3rd Street Promenade, according to Lt. Candince Covarrubias with the Santa Monica Police Department.
Vehicle traffic was closed between the 200 and 300 blocks of Broadway, police said.
Around 8:30 p.m., police said they had determined the item was not a threat to the public. The area is expected to be back open around 10 p.m.