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Suspicious device shuts down 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills

A California Highway Patrol officer redirects traffic on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills during a suspicious device investigation on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

August 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A suspicious device that forced the closure of the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills Thursday has been deemed harmless.

Caltrans officials were landscaping along the freeway at about 9 a.m. when they discovered a capped pipe. The object was deemed suspicious, and police and bomb squad authorities were called to the scene.

Eastbound lanes were reopened at about 11 a.m., and the westbound lanes were reopened shortly after, at about 11:10 a.m. The suspicious device was determined to be harmless, according to the California Highway Patrol.