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Bomb scare evacuates Whittier businesses

November 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Whittier businesses were evacuated on Monday after someone claimed there was a bomb in a backpack inside the Rite Aid.

Authorities responded to the 7000 block of Norwalk Boulevard just before noon after someone walked into the Rite Aid and put down a backpack near the cash registers, saying there was a bomb in it.

The suspect then left the scene.

A sheriff's bomb squad removed the backpack blew it up. The backpack was deemed harmless. Police do not believe there was an explosive inside.

The area had been evacuated as a precaution.

Police say they will use surveillance video to track down a suspect.