[UPDATE] Suspicous package was overseas gift

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[UPDATE] Authorities have determined that the package was not a bomb. It was, in fact, a gift from overseas, officials said.

The battered cardboard box with a near-illegible return address caused a bomb scare that prompted the evacuation of dozens of Dreamworks employees at about 12:05 p.m.

[UPDATE] Glendale Police said they were called in at 12:05 p.m. after an unscheduled cardboard package was delivered to the campus.

During a security check, Dreamworks personnel noticed something suspicious and called police, prompting an evacuation of the building, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Hazmat teams were called in as an extra precaution, not because there was an immediate threat, police said.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the package as they decide whether to move it to a more secure location.

[UPDATE] A Glendale News-Press reporter at the scene said two hazmat teams from Glendale and Burbank are on the scene.

About 60 employees have also been evacuated to the intersection of Flower Street and Grandview Avenue.

Witnesses said the package was discovered between two buildings, one of which is under construction, and that they were told to evacuate immediately.

[UPDATE] An employee at Dreamworks said police were called in about one hour ago to investigate the package. Employees at the campus, located on the 1000 block of Flower Street, have been told to stay put, he said.

Authorities have closed the street to traffic.

[DEVELOPING] Authorities are investigating what they said was a “suspicious package” at the Dreamworks Animation campus.

Glendale firefighters who responded the scene were recently called back as bomb the squad prepared to move in.

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Written by Jason Wells

December 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm

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