Heart of Hollywood closed as unknown package found

By the Associated Press | September 13, 2011 | 4:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have shut down the heart of Hollywood as they check a report of a suspicious box near the site of the annual Academy Awards.

Officer Gregory Baek says police went to the area near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue Tuesday after receiving a report of a suspicious box in the back of a pickup truck. The vehicle was parked outside the Kodak Theatre.

Two blocks have been shut down while a dog and bomb unit investigate.

The area is home to several landmark theaters, including Grauman's Chinese, and draws thousands of tourists daily.