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Downtown LA Metro Station Reopened After Suspicious Package Investigation

An explosive detecting dog detected the possibility of an explosive, prompting the evacuation of the station and deployment of the sheriff's Arson-Explosives Detail.

A suspicious package forced the closure of a downtown Los Angeles Metro station for about 3 1/2 hours Monday night.

A two-man patrol unit found the item about 6:30 p.m. at Metro's Seventh Street/Metro Center Station, at the intersection of Seventh and Flower streets, according to Ramon Montenegro of the Sheriff's Transit Policing Division.

A bomb-sniffing dog detected the possibility of an explosive, prompting the evacuation of the station and the deployment of the sheriff's Arson- Explosives Detail, Montenegro said.

Shortly before 10 p.m., the item was rendered safe and the station was being reopened, Montenegro said.

Trains had been bypassing the station and a bus bridge was set up to get passengers into and out of the station area, he said.

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