Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Man Arrested in Hollywood for Bogus Briefcase Bomb Threat

Photo by Mauro Rodrigues via Shutterstock
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

There was a bit of scene late last night in Hollywood after a man claimed to have a bomb and was threatening to set it off. After all was said and done, however, the bomb bit was bogus, and the man was busted for making false threats.The incident took place on Vine Street near Fountain in front of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, reports City News Service, and began at around 10 p.m. when the unidentified man reportedly told the Big Lots security guard he had a bomb inside his briefcase and was planning to detonate it.

The Los Angeles Police Department called in the bomb squad, and, as Sgt. Raul Jovel explained, their bomb disposal experts "dismantled the briefcase using a robot and a water
cannon," only to discover there was no bomb inside.

The suspect, in his 40s, was booked on suspicion of making a false bomb threat.