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A report of a suspicious device prompted an evacuation in downtown Long Beach, but no explosives were found by authorities on Sunday, April 14.

A caller told police about the item at about 2:55 p.m., according to Long Beach Police Lt. James Richardson. He said officers responded to the intersection of 1st Street and The Promenade and located the device next to a vehicle.

Authorities evacuated the surrounding area and told residents to stay away as a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad conducted an investigation. Officials later determined that the item was not explosive, and reopened the area to traffic and pedestrians. However, Long Beach Police Detectives remained on scene to search for clues as of 6:30 p.m., according to Richardson.

One person was detained and questioned by police as part of the investigation, but it wasn’t immediately clear if that individual was arrested, Richardson said.

The scare took place about a block away from the route of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, as thousands of visitors descended on the city for the event.

—Eric Licas

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