LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The LAPD bomb squad was called to a Jewish synagogue in the Mid-Wilshire area after a caller claimed he placed an explosive device at the temple.

According to KNX 1070, an unidentified man phoned in a threat at 7:53 a.m. Tuesday prompting the bomb squad to investigate a suspicious package at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple located at 3663 Wilshire Boulevard.

The synagogue – which is the oldest in Los Angeles – was empty at the time of the threat. Residents of nearby apartments were evacuated

“Early this morning, we received a bomb threat specific to the Temple campus in the Mid-Wilshire district,” the temple said in a statement. “Our immediate action was to close the facility and make sure all of our families and staff who attend school and work there were informed of the closure, and stayed at home. As a result, the Mid-Wilshire campus is empty. We are currently assisting LAPD and other law enforcement in their investigation.”

Later, another caller claimed there was a device in an LAPD patrol car.

The package was found in a police cruiser and inspected by several robots. It was not deemed a threat.

Wilshire Boulevard and 6th Street, between Kingsly Street and Hobart Avenue, were temporarily shut down.

Evacuations were lifted.


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