LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A telephoned bomb threat forced two of Los Angeles’ most popular tourist attractions to shut down Friday.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the La Brea Tar Pits Museum and Park facility in the Mid-Wilshire district were both closed after police were sent to the 5800 block of Wilshire Boulevard about 10:45 a.m., said Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im.
Acording to Im, the threat came in the form of “an automated voice recording” that warned of an explosion that was to occur at a specific time, which was reportedly to be 2 p.m.
An explosives team was deployed to the property to determine whether the threat was credible, according to Im. The area was cleared just after 2 p.m.
LACMA announced just before noon the museum and property would be closed out of “abundance of caution”.
All programming at both facilities was canceled for the day.
The museums are expected to reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday.