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Misadventures in Journalism - The Car Bomb Mystery

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A few weeks ago, a YouTube video popped up called "Car Bomb In West Los Angeles" in which it appears that some sort of crane-like robot (an extra Transformer that didn't quite make Michael Bay's cut?) pulls an unidentified object out of the trunk of a car. At about the four minute mark in the video, the robot sets the thing off to the side of a building, and a loud noise is heard, as if something was detonated.

Now the person who shot the footage from a roof (a guy who works at a small film company near the site of the incident) noted that several blocks of Pico (from Sepulveda to Overland in West LA) had also been shutdown during this. How, he editorializes in the video, can a robot detonate a bomb and the police shut down four blocks of traffic and no media outlet report on it? My guess was because the robot didn't pull Lindsay Lohan or Mirthala Salinas out of the trunk. (Hey, not together! Get your mind out of the gutter, people!)

At any rate, the entrepreneuring reporter that I am, I decided to contact the LAPD to get the real scoop. That scoop turned out to be more elusive than a heaping scoop of Pinkberry. Please forgive the awful analogy.