One man is in custody after allegedly joking about having a bomb in his lunch pail. He made the claim, which police could treat as a false bomb threat, in a Hooters restaurant in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif.
"He said himself that it was just a joke," explained LAPD media relations police officer Christopher No to The Huffington Post. But just to be on the safe side, LAPD's bomb squad evacuated the restaurant and surrounding businesses to make sure there was no explosive device inside the man's pail.
An initial call to authorities was made at 4:45 p.m. PST, reports The Hollywood Reporter. By around 6:30 p.m. PST, HuffPost confirmed that the bomb squad was finishing up their investigation at the restaurant.
It is a crime to make a false bomb threat, explained LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman. Police are still determining what to do with the suspect.
The Hooters restaurant in question is located on Hollywood Boulevard, across the street from iconic TCL Chinese Theater, an area usually packed with tourists. One block of the street was evacuated and blocked off as police investigated the scene, according to THR.
The bomb threat was the second in Los Angeles on Thursday. Earlier Thursday morning, authorities evacuated thousands of people from the Cal State Los Angeles campus after police received two phone calls warning that a bomb would detonate within two hours. Investigators determined there was no bomb threat by around 2:30 p.m. PST.
In the wake of the deadly Boston marathon bombings last Monday, authorities nationwide are on high alert.