Suspicious Package at De La Guerra Plaza Was Box of Clothes

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Update by the Santa Barbara Police Department
2:00 p.m., Sept. 16, 2021

On September 16, 2021, around 12:20pm, the Santa Barbara Police Department and Santa Barbara County Bomb Squad determined a suspicious package near De La Guerra Plaza was a cardboard box full of clothing. A portable X-Ray device was used to determine the contents of the package. The box was located in the open courtyard adjacent to the City Attorney’s Office.

The Santa Barbara Police Department greatly appreciates the cooperation of the businesses affected and community members complying with the evacuation / stay away order.  

 Though this particular box was not to be dangerous, we always recommend calling law enforcement officials if you see a suspicious packages. We treat every situation like this as if it could be a dangerous device and harm members of our community.  

Santa Barbara Police Department & Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office – Bomb Squad (courtesy photo)

Update by the Santa Barbara Police Department
12:25 p.m., Sept. 16, 2021

Situation at De La Guerra Plaza has been resolved. Area is now open to vehicles and pedestrians.

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
9:45 a.m., Sept. 16, 2021

On September 16th, 2021, around 9:30 AM, the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communication Center received a report of a suspicious package located near the Santa Barbara City Attorney’s Office. 

Currently, the Santa Barbara County Bomb Squad has been notified and is responding to the De La Guerra Plaza area. Notifications are underway of those businesses and surrounding areas that needed to be evacuated. The area is being cordoned off, and no pedestrian or vehicular traffic will be allowed in the area until further notice. 

We are requesting community members stay away from the 700 block of State Street, First block of East De La Guerra Street, and De La Guerra Plaza until this situation is resolved. 

If there is a future area or business that needs evacuation or if there is a public safety concern, those establishments will be contacted by law enforcement personnel.



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ConservativeSB Sep 16, 2021 04:32 PM
Suspicious Package at De La Guerra Plaza Was Box of Clothes

Maybe if we did something about the homeless problem, we wouldn’t spend thousand on a bomb squad call out for a box of clothes. Maybe the bomb squad should check every underpass and tree line next?

sacjon Sep 16, 2021 05:12 PM
Suspicious Package at De La Guerra Plaza Was Box of Clothes

CONSERVATIVE - ugh, really? How does this have anything to do with the homeless problem? Also, context. A cardboard box near a government building, especially during these times of domestic terrorists planting or plotting to plant bombs near government buildings, is far more alarming than a box in a homeless encampment. Then again, the way some of you people speak on here, maybe we should be more vigilant about bombs in homeless encampments....

SBTownie Sep 16, 2021 06:11 PM
Suspicious Package at De La Guerra Plaza Was Box of Clothes

Sac, my first instinct as someone who spends a lot of time downtown, is that this was a box of clothes left for the homeless by a good samaritan. Every week I see bags of groceries and a few times I have seen clothes left, too. Usually around Canon Perdido, DLG.

ZeroHawk Sep 17, 2021 02:03 PM
Suspicious Package at De La Guerra Plaza Was Box of Clothes

SERIOUSLY! STOP IT! This thread is about a "suspicious package" and I open it to see you all bitching and whining about that idiot Trump and his mindless followers. How about keep it on topic? That too much to ask?
Suspicious package, let's call in the Calvary....because we are THAT paranoid and THAT brainwashed to think that every box on the ground is gonna go BOOM? That's sad and a bit too much.

Look, this is Santa Barbara, we are not a target, there are no terrorists in SB or near SB. We are VERY small on the global scale. Love ya all, but this is just weird...

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