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Anime Expo 2011: South Hall Evacuated Temporarily on Saturday

Anime Expo 2011: South Hall Evacuated Temporarily on Saturday
Shannon Cottrell

We've just received word that the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center has been evacuated in the middle of Anime Expo 2011. Rumors are swirling of a suspicious package or a bomb threat, as they generally do in these situations. We'll update with more concrete details whenever they're available.

UPDATE: A member of the AX staff told LA Weekly's Liz Ohanesian he can't go into detail, but it's a "safety issue." They just had to get everybody out. West Hall at the Convention Center is still open.

Anime Expo 2011: South Hall Evacuated Temporarily on Saturday
Shannon Cottrell
Anime Expo 2011: South Hall Evacuated Temporarily on Saturday
Shannon Cottrell

SECOND UPDATE: "I don't know what's going on," says Cosplay in America's Ejen Chuang. There's still a lot of people inside the exhibit hall, he says, a little less than would be expected on a Saturday, but there definitely are still people inside South Hall. "It's kind of normal in here actually."

THIRD UPDATE: The bomb squad is on the scene.

Anime Expo 2011: South Hall Evacuated Temporarily on Saturday
Shannon Cottrell
Anime Expo 2011: South Hall Evacuated Temporarily on Saturday
Shannon Cottrell

FOURTH UPDATE (12:34 p.m.) : The police are letting people back into the exhibit hall, just not the food court yet.

FIFTH UPDATE (12:51 p.m.): The South Hall is now back open.

SIXTH UPDATE: (1:04 p.m.): A police officer tells Ohanesian the suspicious package was a bag of clothes and unidentifiable liquid. Someone apparently came back to pick it up.


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