Gift-wrapped horse manure prompts bomb scare at US treasury secretary's LA home

A package in the controversial government official's driveway was manure.

— -- Fears of a bomb outside Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's Los Angeles home turned out to be a waste -- literally.

A box of gift-wrapped horse manure was to blame for a bomb scare in a driveway near Mnuchin's Bel Air, California, home Saturday evening, according to Los Angeles ABC station KABC.

Police were called at 7:30 p.m. PT about a suspicious package left in the driveway next to Mnuchin's home, but addressed to the treasury secretary. The bomb squad was immediately summoned to check on the package -- only to discover it was manure.

The package was signed as being from "the American people," according to KABC.

The scene was cleared by 9:30 p.m. and no evacuations were ordered, police said.

It's unclear whether Mnuchin or his wife, actress Louise Linton, were home at the time. The former Wall Street hedgefund manager purchased a $12.6 million home in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, according to, and also owns a home in the Hamptons and an apartment in Manhattan, in addition to the Bel Air mansion.

The scandal led to the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in September over repeatedly chartering private planes for government travel.