Unattended Package Near Hall of Justice Ends Up Being Box of Clocks

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A suspicious ticking box that prompted the shutdown of an LA County building across the street from the Hall of Justice Friday was discovered to be a box of clocks and other presents for retirees.

The package was left unattended on the third floor of the Hall of Administration building in the 500 block of Temple Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

An employee found the package addressed to someone in her office and placed it on a desk. After hearing beeping coming from the package, she notified deputies and security inside the building.

Five K-9 units with explosives-detecting dogs and the LASD Arson Explosives Detail responded to the scene. The second, third and fourth floors were evacuated by word of mouth until investigators were able to assess the danger.

An X-ray photo revealved the box's contents: retirement award pens, pencils, watches and clocks.

The building is located across the street from the Hall of Justice, which has been closed since the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

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