UPDATE: Grenade at Los Angeles VA hospital 'not live'; evacuation over

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UPDATE 10:39 a.m.: Patients and staff are being let back into the VA hospital on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles after it was partially evacuated to investigate a report of a grenade in the emergency room.

Members of the sheriff's arson/explosives detail were called to the West Los Angeles Medical Center Monday morning. They have determined the grenade is "not live."

About 200 people were evacuated from the emergency room at about 7 a.m. after a staff member reported that someone had found what was believed to be a live hand grenade in the bathroom.

Bomb experts x-rayed the device and a package attached to the device and found nothing dangerous in the package and the grenade was non-explosive.

PREVIOUSLY: The VA hospital on Wilshire Boulevard has been partially evacuated after an apparent hand grenade was found in the emergency room Monday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Members of the sheriff's arson/explosives detail are at the West Los Angeles Medical Center investigating, said Sgt. Michael Thomas.

Deputies have cordoned off an area near the hospital as a precaution.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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