GRANADA HILLS (CBSLA) – A suspicious package that was later determined to be a pressure cooker prompted a bomb squad callout to a mosque in Granada Hills Sunday night.


At around 8 p.m., a package was spotted near the Islamic Center of Northridge in the 11400 block of Encino Avenue.

A Los Angeles police bomb squad was called to the scene and surrounding streets were blocked off. Officers could be seen going door-to-door trying to find out who the device belonged to.

The bomb squad eventually determined that the package was, in fact, an empty pressure cooker and posed no threat.

Early Monday morning, LAPD Major Crimes Division Detectives located and interviewed a congregant who explained that they left the items for the homeless.

The homeless were said to take what they want and leave the rest behind, hence why the pressure cooker was left at the scene.

The LAPD urged the public to secure donations with an attendant at the organization or house of worship in which you are donating to and to avoid leaving donations unattended.


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