Getty Museum in L.A. Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat

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A telephoned bomb threat prompted the early closure of the Getty Museum in Brentwood, Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon.

What Happened?

A “threatening phone call” was received around 2:50 P.M. PCT at the museum at 1200 Getty Center Dr., in the Sepulveda Pass area.

“We are working closely with the LAPD, which in an abundance of caution has asked us to close the Getty Center early and begin moving visitors from the site,” according to a museum statement. “Once visitors have departed, we will ask staff to leave in an orderly manner.”

“We received a threatening phone call at Getty Center,” Head of Communications Ron Hartwig said. “We are working closely with LAPD, which in an abundance of caution has asked to close the Getty Center early and begin removing visitors from the site. Once visitors have left the site, staff will leave in an orderly manner.”

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Visitors and staff were evacuated in an orderly manner.

Evacuated because of a bomb threat. We are a-okay and far away.

— Devin Altieri (@DevinAltieri) April 18, 2017

Officers were immediately dispatched to investigate and the LAPD’s bomb squad was also on the scene.

Witnesses report, "Helicopters overhead and saw bomb squad cars too on 405." Bomb threat at Getty.

— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) April 18, 2017

Getty Museum

The Getty Center, in Los Angeles, California, is a campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust. The $1.3 billion Center opened on December 16, 1997. The museum sees roughly 1.15 million yearly visitors thanks to its enticing art collection.

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