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Photo: Police Blow Open Car During Bomb Scare Near Oscars Venue

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A suspected explosive device caused a traffic nightmare in Hollywood, closing streets already congested from Oscars preparation.

The threat turned out to be fake, but LAPD took no chances in the crowded tourist area and used a bomb squad robot to inspect the car. At one point, they blew the trunk open, making the loud 'boom' witnesses reported hearing. "The trunk blew open and liquid came out," a tourist told the L.A. Times. "There was no smoke or fire. It shattered the lower bumper." It made for a pretty cool photo, seen above.

LAPD pulled over a car for reckless driving at 11 a.m. at Highland Avenue and Yucca Street, and the driver stepped out carrying a propane tank and said he had explosives in his car. Police inspected the car in a strip mall parking lot at Highland Avenue and Yucca Street, right across the street from the complex where the Oscars will be held this Sunday.

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LAPD closed all sidewalks and streets in a three-block radius, making the drive through Hollywood even worse with Hollywood Boulevard already closed for the Oscars.

The all-clear was given by the LAPD just before 4:15 p.m. and the roads have since been reopen.

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