SILVER LAKE — Streets and a freeway offramp have been closed as the LAPD’s Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious package – that was found inside a business in the 2400 block of Fletcher Drive, according to preliminary police reports.
A SigAlert has been declared after the Fletcher Drive offramp on the southbound 5 Freeway was closed, and residents report that Riverside Drive has been shut down at Gilroy as well as streets in Elysian Valley. Fletcher Drive has been shut down at Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake, according to one resident.
The closure of the Fletcher Drive offramp might be the reason why the southbound 2 Freeway and Glendale Boulevard remain heavily congested this afternoon through Echo Park.
* Update: Footage from TV news helicopters shows a bomb squad robot checking a guitar case on top of a bus shelter in front of an Arco gas station at Fletcher and Riverside. Police determined that the case was empty at 12:51 p.m., according to Officer Drake Madison. The SigAlert on the southbound 5 Freeway was extended until 1 pm.