LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Authorities took a woman claiming to have an explosive into custody Wednesday after a bomb threat at a federal building in downtown Los Angeles.

The woman made the threat in the lobby of the Roybal Federal Building at 300 N. Los Angeles Street around 11 a.m., said Los Angeles police Officer Liliana Preciada. An LAPD bomb squad was dispatched to the scene, Preciada said.

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A bomb squad team was called to the scene as an LAPD rescue team was seen negotiating with the suspect, who was described as “distraught”, according to CBS2/KCAL9’s Kaj Goldberg.

She was seen carrying a large backpack with several items stuffed into the bag, Goldberg reported.

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Shortly before 1:30 p.m., police sent in a robot that approached the woman with a package. She was seen taking the package and opening it, but it wasn’t immediately known what it contained.

Several local streets in the Civic Center area were temporarily blocked.

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