PACIFIC PALISADES ( — A portion of the Pacific Coast Highway was shut down Friday while police investigated a suspicious package that was found.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the highway was closed just before 2:00 p.m. in both directions at Sunset Boulevard.

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Officers explained traffic was diverted through the area, which backed up into the city of Malibu.

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Police advised avoiding the area, as major delays were expected.

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It was unclear when the area would be reopened.