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Man arrested after bomb scare closes Burbank Metrolink station

April 16, 2013|By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com
  • A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy and K-9 walk through the Burbank train station which was closed due to a report of a possible bomb on a Metrolink train.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy and K-9 walk… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

A 53-year-old Lancaster man who claimed there was a bomb on a Metrolink train Tuesday was arrested after officials discovered he had an outstanding warrant, police said.

The man, who was not immediately identified, reportedly told a female passenger there was a bomb on the train which was coming from the Antelope Valley, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

However, what he said exactly was not immediately available, Ryburn added.

The woman reported the comment to the train conductor, who called police at 12:36 p.m. The conductor stopped the train at the Burbank station, located at 201 N. Front St.

The Metrolink station, Front Street and the Olive Street overpass were evacuated as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s bomb squad investigated the incident, police said. Other trains were delayed during the search.

“They did a full sweep on the train, and everything was clear,” said Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten. “I’m glad that everything is OK and our passengers are safe and secure. That’s our No. 1 priority.”

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After the sweep, the roughly 20 passengers re-boarded the train, which was headed to Union Station , officials said.

Public safety officials are on high alert after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, leaving three dead and more than 140 injured.

“In this day and age, especially with what happened (in Boston), no one should be joking around about an explosive device,” Ryburn said.

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