The LAPD bomb squad is investigating a suspicious package or box that was left this afternoon in the parking lot outside of the Walgreens store at Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. LAPD spokesman Richard French said the LAPD was called at 2:20 P.M. regarding the package. Nearby residents say the Walgreens and Save A Lot market, which shares the building, have been closed and police are ordering people to stay away from the parking lot.
Police have blocked off Sunset Boulevard at Logan Street as well as Echo Park Avenue near Sunset Boulevard, residents said.
* Update @ 4:20 P.M.: The bomb squad with the assistance of a robot blew up what appeared to be a suitcase in the middle of the lot. Sunset Boulevard has been reopened. Bomb squad leaving the scene. A police officer said the suit case was empty.