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Phone Threat Closes Mall for 4 1/2 Hours

September 20, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

A West Valley mall was closed for 4 1/2 hours Thursday morning after authorities received a phone threat and found buckets containing a chemical near an air-conditioning unit.

No one was injured, and authorities determined that the substance was used for the cooling system at Westfield Shoppingtown Topanga, police said.

Police received an anonymous call about 8 a.m. from a man who said hazardous chemicals had been dispersed in the entrances, play areas and restrooms at the mall.

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