An unknown caller contacted the museum saying there was a bomb and to “get out,” the LAPD confirmed.
The Getty Museum in Los Angeles evacuated its visitors on Tuesday afternoon after receiving a threat.
“At 2:51 p.m., an individual called in to say there is a bomb, get out,” the LAPD told The Hollywood Reporter. The information was reported “secondhand,” according to the officer.
As of late afternoon, visitors were told the museum would close early for the day.
The museum’s Twitter account soon after confirmed the news, adding that visitors were leaving the building “on advice from @LAPDHQ” and that museum staff were soon to follow.
Getty Center is closing early today due to threatening phone call. Visitors are currently leaving on advice from @LAPDHQ; staff to follow.
– J. Paul Getty Museum (@GettyMuseum)April 18, 2017
Ron Hartwig, vp communications for the museum, told THR the Getty is “working closely with LAPD on the matter. All guests have been evacuated and staff are on their way out now.”
Hartwig later confirmed that the Getty Center will reopen as scheduled at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning.