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Bomb squad called to inspect device

Streets closed for hours as squad disposes of inert WWII cartridge.

May 08, 2010|By Christopher Cadelago

DOWNTOWN — Portions of downtown were closed off Friday afternoon after a Burbank resident brought a World War II ammunition round to police headquarters for disposal.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s bomb squad was called in about 1 p.m. as authorities evacuated a large section of streets and open space around City Center. The device was not altered, said Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

“This was an old, large-caliber ammunition round,” Ryburn said. “It was not a suspicious device. It was not a suspicious package.”


The resident, a civilian employee who works in the Burbank Police Jail, parked a white sedan in front of the jail, prompting officers to call in area fire crews and the bomb squad.

Police, after inspecting the round and determining that it could be hazardous, shut down several streets to pedestrians and vehicle traffic.

Parts of Orange Grove Avenue, Glenoaks Boulevard, Olive Avenue and Third Street were also closed as the nation remains on high alert after recent scares across Los Angeles County and in Times Square.

The downtown streets — but no buildings — were evacuated for more than two hours while the bomb squad disposed of the device, which authorities said was never capable of exploding. The jailer offered to dispose of the device for a neighbor, though the officers typically detonate such devices at a city gun range.

“We have residents that go through their garage and maybe they moved in 15, 20 years ago,” he said. “They go through the garage and they find this box with ammunition. That’s usually what it is.”

Police said residents who find suspicious items should leave them alone, call authorities and not attempt to transport them.

“I want to remind the public that if you see or have an item, do not pick it up and do not move it,” Ryburn said. “Please call us. We will come out . . . and handle it properly.”

Get in touch CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO covers City Hall and the courts. He may be reached at (818) 637-3242 or by e-mail at christopher.cadelago@

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