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UPDATE: Police resolve suspicious package incident near Downtown Santa Barbara

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Sep 16, 2021

(UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.) - The Santa Barbara Police Department and Santa Barbara County Bomb Squad determined a suspicious package near De La Guerra Plaza was a cardboard box full of clothing.

First responders used a portable X-Ray device to determine the contents of the package. Police say the box was located in the open courtyard adjacent to the City Attorney’s Office.
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(UPDATE: 12:40 p.m.) - Santa Barbara Police say the incident regarding the suspicious package in Downtown Santa Barbara has been resolved.

It happened at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the De La Guerra Plaza. The area is now open to vehicles and pedestrians.
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Santa Barbara Police are responding to reports of a suspicious package located near the Santa Barbara City Attorney's Office.

The call came in at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. As of 11:15 a.m., the Santa Barbara County Bomb Squad is responding and investigating the incident in the De La Guerra Plaza area.

Businesses and surrounding areas are being notified to evacuate. According to police, the area is being cordoned off, and no pedestrian or vehicular traffic will be allowed in the area until further notice.

Community members are asked to stay away from the 700 block of State Street, First block of East De La Guerra Street, and De La Guerra Plaza until the situation is resolved.

This is a developing story and will be updated when new information becomes available.