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Long Beach Wal-Mart evacuated after threat; no bomb found

Police evacuated dozens of people from a shopping center in downtown Long Beach after a report of a bomb threat inside a Wal-Mart store. 

The Sheriff's Department bomb squad responded to the store, according to Sgt. Aaron Eaton of the Long Beach Police Department.

The possible bomb threat was reported about 1:30 p.m. at 151 5th Street near Long Beach Boulevard, Eaton said.  The Wal-Mart is in the City Place shopping center.

Several streets into the shopping center were shut during the investigation. Authorities cleared the scene at 4:19 p.m. after determining there was no danger. 

[Updated, 5:44 p.m. Dec. 2: A City Place spokesman said the shopping center has reopened following the "all clear" status as determined by authorities.]

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