PALMDALE – A suspicious package left near the JC Penney entrance prompted evacuation of the Antelope Valley Mall Thursday afternoon at 1233 Rancho Vista Boulevard in Palmdale, authorities said.
The suspicious package call came in around 2:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s arson/explosives team was sent to the location to investigate.
The threat was called off about three hours later, after a woman came to scene and said she left the package — two homemade candles in mason jars — near the mall by mistake, according to deputies at the scene.
“Investigators applied render safe procedures and deemed the item was not harmful,” the sheriff’s news release states.
The mall reopened around 6 p.m.