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Bomb Squad Evacuates Neighborhood in North Hollywood

During a theft investigation involving the DWP, police discover possible explosives in a home on the 6600 block of Irvine Avenue, the L.A. Times reports.

The Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad evacuated a neighborhood in North Hollywood Friday as part of an investigation into stolen building materials by an employee of the Department of Water and Power, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Police discovered a box marked as containing explosives in the garage of a house on the 6600 block of Irvine Avenue where an employee of the DWP lives, prompting the cordoning off of the home and evacuation of nearby homes, according to the story. A large stash of weapons and ammunition was also reportedly discovered.

Wood with an estimated value of $100,000 and believed to be the property of the DWP was discovered at the home by investigators, according to the story.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said that DWP investigators notified LAPD Hollywood Division recently about the theft of "high end lumber from the city," and the investigation led them to the North Hollywood home, the Times reported.

JAGR February 02, 2013 at 09:44 AM
How close was this to Walter Reed??
JAGR February 02, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Wish you guys would report on the manhunt the other night around Riverton and Magnolia...
Skinny Gumbo Davis February 02, 2013 at 05:25 PM
It's not close to Walter Reed... It is north of Victory Blvd.
Cary Adams February 02, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Oh please - I had the same experience last August. All the homes on my street were evacuated for a bong of pot at one house. They never thought to evacuate the apartment directly being the house. Police, fire, bomb squad, parking enforcement with every Tom, Dick and Harry arrived, exploded the bong. So much fluff for no reason. All this stuff about evacuations and lockdowns is getting to be too much! At some point we need to ask what criteria is being used to make these judgements? It think it more about practice and PR to justify more funding.

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