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There was a fire of some kind, Wednesday night at LAX. It wasn't reported anywhere, but we know, because we were caught flat-footed in the smoke, amid the cop cars, on our way home from band practice, at about 10:45 PM. Soon as we hit the Sepulveda tunnel (southbound) we knew something was wrong; lanes were blocked off and the traffic was completely stopped. So we dodged onto Century (westbound), figuring that would be an easy escape. It wasn't.

The curving onramp to Century took us momentarily past a scene of chaos just within the boundary of LAX. White smoke was billowing around a large knot of cop cars parked to face oncoming traffic on Terminal Way. There was gridlock on Century all the way to the 405 as people were apparently trying to escape...something.

Yes, something. SOMETHING happened at LAX last night. Was it a fire? An attack? Chemical? Biological? We called our ex who works at Terminal One, but she was either working or sleeping. We called KFWB, to see if the newsroom knew anything. "Let me check the wires," said the guy who answered the phone. Nothing yet, he informed us, and gave us his thanks. We wondered what sort of news organization this was, exactly. The whole way back to Highland Park, we listened to hear something about what was happening at the airport -- but nothing on the radio. Nothing on the news wire. Nothing but a deafening silence.

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