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Anime Expo's Central Hallway Closed Due to Unknown 'Object'

posted on 2011-07-02 15:11 EDT
Hallway between two main halls cordoned off by security; exhibit area, panel rooms remain open

The staff members of Anime Expo and the Los Angeles Convention Center cordoned off the central hallway between the South and West Halls of the center just before noon due to a "threat from a hazardous object," according to security. The public announcement system made requests for anyone who left a package in the area to claim it. The exhibit area and panel rooms remain open, but the central food court area, several administrative rooms, and all interior passageways between the two main halls are closed to everyone except convention staff.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are ushering people around the hallway leading to the concourse between the two main halls of the center. Staff members on the side of the cordoned-off section facing West Hall are telling attendees that there is a "electrical maintenance problem."

Update: Anime Expo reported after 1:00 p.m. that the object was an unmarked basket, and that the LAPD found it was nothing serious. The hallway and the other previously cordoned areas are now fully open.


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