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Suspicious Package Explodes Inside Stolen Car in Leimert Park

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A white Cadillac is at the center of an investigation this morning after a suspicious package was found inside the abandoned vehicle, and the bomb squad called out. Police evacuated residents from the area where the car was parked near West Vernon and 9th avenues, reports LA Now.

Officers responding to the initial call of a possible stolen vehicle searched the Cadillac parked in a red zone, and found the "suspicious package," which then exploded while the officer was conducting his search. He was not seriously injured, but had been thrown back by the explosion. LAPD bomb squad officers were called in to search the vehicle, and determined it was safe.

A source on the scene says the device may have been a firecracker, according to a live report on KTLA. Residents are being allowed back in the area, however the investigation remains ongoing.