Coast Guard discovers possible explosive in the Port of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – Officers from the US Coast Guard discovered what was believed to be explosives at the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal this morning at approximately 8:30 am. Law enforcement officers from the Los Angeles Port Police and Los Angeles Police Department responded with the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard was conducting a security sweep of cruise ship passenger luggage with a Coast Guard explosives detection dog when the dog alerted to a bag. When the bag was x-rayed, officers detected an object that appeared to be the size and shape of a grenade. However, on closer inspection it was positively identified as a piece of souvenir coral.

Shipping traffic through the Port of Los Angeles main channel was halted for about one hour. The Los Angeles Port Police also evacuated the cruise terminal. By 10 am the port and cruise terminal resumed normal business.

Agents from the FBI are questioning the bag’s owner.

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