January 22 2018, 02:02 | Irvin Gilbert
A close-up of the item in the driveway appears to show it is wrapped in Christmas paper
A bit of horseplay forced the hand of a Los Angeles bomb squad Saturday night after a suspicious Christmas gift-wrapped package was found on the doorstep of the Bel-Air home of Steve Mnuchin.
Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad was called to Mnuchin's neighborhood and, according to Associated Press, the package turned out to contain horse manure.
A neighbor, Prince Frederick von Anhalt, said he and others who live above the home were trapped for about two hours, until police found out it was filled with manure and cleared the scene.
US Secret Service told CNN they were aware of the incident but referred all questions to the LAPD.
Louise Linton and Steve Mnuchin pose at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on November 15, 2017.
A spokesman for the Treasury Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.
The report of the suspicious package prompted lengthy street closures and a sizable response by local and federal authorities.
Officials say the delivery was addressed to the treasury secretary but was left in front of one of his neighbors' homes.
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