Two Miracle Mile Radio Stations Evacuated Because of Suspicious Package

A promotional item sent by a production company caused the evacuation of a 27-story building.

By Melissa Pamer and Ellen Winston
|  Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012  |  Updated 6:19 PM PDT
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"Beeping" Promo Package Causes LA Evacuation

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KNX and KFWB were evacuated Tuesday because of a suspicious package.

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Radio stations KNX and KFWB in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile area were evacuated Tuesday morning because of a report of a suspicious package that turned out to be a promotional item.

The two news stations are located at 5670 Wilshire Boulevard, a 27-story office building not far from the La Brea Tar Pits (map).

A Los Angeles Police Department official said there had been a report of a suspicious package on the second floor of the building shared by the two stations. At about 10:45 a.m., a bomb squard captain said people were being let back into the buiding.

He said that the package was a promotional item sent from a production company.

KNX's Randy Kerdoon had tweeted that the package was "beeping."

A post on the KFWB website read:

At approximately 8:48 this morning, law enforcement officials evacuated the building at 5670 Wilshire Blvd due to a bomb threat. No additional details have been given, but at this moment, the entire KFWB staff is outside at a safe distance while investigators assess the situation.

Wesley Mitchell, a resident of one of five 26th-floor penthouse apartments, said an alarm had sounded throughout the building as he was getting ready for work Tuesday morning.

Residents and workers exited the building via stairwells, Mitchell said.

"There's a lot of people on the street," Mitchell said at about 10:40 a.m. "Starbucks has been overwhelmed because there are lines out the door."

Mitchell said a representative from the building's management company reported the suspicious package was "a promo gift for a DJ that was buzzing or beeping."

KNX 1070 was temporarily broadcasting content from KCBS in San Francisco, while KFWB was broadcasting MSNBC.

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