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UPDATE: LAPD Bomb Squad Shuts Down Ventura Blvd. in Studio City

A 'suspicious item' turns out to be a laptop computer, police say.

A suspicious item found this morning near a busy Studio City intersection turned out to be a laptop computer, Los Angeles police said.

Initial reports indicated a bomb squad was sent to the 12900 block of Boulevard, after authorities were notified about the object at 8 a.m.Ventura. , who is a regular and reliable commenter here on Patch, reported that the closure was in fact not near 12900 Ventura but closer to Coldwater Canyon Avenue.

Traffic was kept out of the area while the bomb squad inspected the object.

Jeff July 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Dear Craig and Anthony, I appreciate all your hard work and input. I appreciate you also taking the time to answer my question. However, I also fact checked the 12900 address because I live very near Laurel Canyon which begins at 12000 Ventura Blvd and it is very clear when you know the area even by looking at Google maps or Yahoo Patch Maps that it is the corner of Coldwater and Ventura. To say its near Laurel Canyon is stretching the area map. It's like saying 99 is close to 25 rather than 99 is closer to 100. I am being picky and mean no disrespect. You are doing a great job.
Craig Clough July 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM
You are correct, Jeff, the address is near Coldwater. To explain-- from the time the news story hit the wire to when it was up on Patch was about two minutes. I saw the City News Service story, which said it was near Laurel. I quickly Googled the address to verify the location, but I now believe I must have typed in 12000 or 12100 and not realized it. That map showed the address near Laurel, which added up to what the CNS story stated. The double whammy mistake added up to the wrong general location being identified in the story. I do know the address system in the Valley very well since I'm a reporter here, and if I'd had a few minutes to think about it I would have realized that it didn't quite add up, but as I said the time from the news breaking to being up on the site was about two minutes, and between that time, the story changed. It was initially a bomb squad investigating a suspicious package, and about a few seconds after I posted the story, it was updated to state there was no danger and the package was just a computer, so I had to quickly update. It's a high-wire act, reporting breaking news.
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