updated 10/3/2007 12:06:04 PM ET 2007-10-03T16:06:04

The federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles was evacuated Wednesday shortly after 8 a.m. because of the discovery of a suspicious item, NBC affiliate KNBC reports.

A bomb squad was sent to the area to remove the object, and traffic was diverted around the area.

The Los Angeles Police Department said the item was found near the corner of Spring and Temple.

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