PASADENA >> Authorities notified the Sheriff’s bomb squad and closed nearby streets after someone left a bag with a note at the back door of the Pasadena police department Tuesday afternoon.
Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said the “rambling note” mentioned the names of police employees.
The bomb squad didn’t find an explosive and the arson investigator with the Fire Department checked the bag, according to Lt. John Mercado. He said the Fire Department is taking the lead in the investigation.
Contrary to earlier police reports, Mercado said a section of the police station was not evacuated. He said employees who work in the north side of the station were told to move to the south side of the building.
A detective entering the station at 207 Garfield Ave., saw the bag at 1:15 p.m., according to Hettema, He said there was a note posted on its side.
Hettema said police told patrons of the nearby library not to use the front of the library but to stay inside and use the back door.
Police shut down Walnut Street from Marengo to Euclid avenues as well as Garfield Avenue from Ramona to Corson streets. The streets reopened around 3:45 p.m.
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