Bomb squad checking suspicious package in Echo Park parking lot*

The LAPD bomb squad is investigating a suspicious package or box that was left this afternoon in the parking lot outside of the Walgreens store at Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. LAPD spokesman Richard French said the LAPD was called at 2:20 P.M. regarding the package. Nearby residents say the Walgreens and Save A Lot market, which shares the building, have been closed and police are ordering people to stay away from the parking lot.

Police have blocked off Sunset Boulevard at Logan Street as well as Echo Park Avenue near Sunset Boulevard, residents said.

* Update @ 4:20 P.M.:  The bomb squad with the assistance of a robot blew up what appeared to be a suitcase in the middle of the lot. Sunset Boulevard has been reopened. Bomb squad leaving the scene. A police officer said the suit case was empty.


  1. I don’t understand that kid of people has a bad intention. They don’t thinking about that a lot people don’t have anything to do with their frustration.

  2. It seemed hotter than 75 at 4pm today.

  3. It was probably someone’s briefcase with their office work in it, and they set it down when they got to their car, and then forgot about it, got in the car and drove off.

    When, they got to the office, they realized they forget it — but the police had already blown it up! The typical situation. Yes, sometimes it is a real bomb, but most often it is not.

  4. Patrick Llewellyn

    I don’t mind the occasional terrorist bombing cause most of the time it’s just a briefcase or a bag left and forgotten by someone. How hysterical is this? Why would anyone try to blow up the MIDDLE OF A PARKING LOT? The government/police needs to stop responding to possible threats and start responding to ACTUAL threats, like poor education, health issues, actual crime. This is lunacy.

  5. No, they need to respond. They would be stupid and irresponsible to ignore it. It seems a shame and even rediculous that they would be blowing up someone’s briefcase full of office work — in any case that that may be, and I don’t know yet whether that really is the case here — but that is probably the safest and fastest way to eliminate the possibility of danger. Fastest means they can get to other things that much sooner.

    In fact, just yesterday a VERY similar thing happened in Montclair, NJ. That DID turn out to be a bomb! Police were called about a suspicious package. It turned out to be a pipe bomb, left at someone’s car in their driveway. They blew it up, and now it is being analyzed. So far, no idea why the bomb was put there in someone’s driveway.

  6. Omg seriously y would someone try to bomb save alot or walgreens……????

  7. “Omg seriously y would someone try to bomb save alot or walgreens……????”

    Apparently you’ve never waited in line there or have ever asked any of the employees challenging questions like ‘What aisle is the toothpaste in?’

  8. As someone who boycotted Walgreens for 2 years after they moved into the old Pioneer Market space I have become a regular customer. The staff is friendly and helpful. It is nice to see the same faces over the last few years working the photo developing lab or front register. It is a much more pleasant experience shopping here compared to Rite-Aid or CVS.

  9. Excuse me but aren’t we supposed to be on alert for terrorism? Isn’t a parking lot that receives a lot of traffic in the center of a city a good place to place a bomb rather than, say, a guarded facility? Aren’t the folks who protect us supposed to react in this manner? Aren’t they supposed to roll and perform w/o question? I’m a liberal-Demo and I see nothing but ‘what is supposed to be done here.’ Could be just a parking lot to you, but everyone knows EP Bl. and Sunset is the busiest corner in the area next to Alvarado and Sunset. Let’s say you were a bomber — would you plant at Alvarado or at EP Bl.? Easier at EP and Sunset, in a lot with a lot of comings and goings. Paranoia? No, just taking a look at another perspective besides a quick, “A parking lot! What are they thinking?” They’re thinking ahead, training, rolling on a sit as they should. Protecting us and the ‘hood. Hat’s off.

    Let’s say it went off, that it was indeed a bomb, planted by terrorists foreign or domestic. Or some nut case — remember the guy off Riverside a few years back who built a bunker and stocked it w/a lot of heavy-duty weapons? Back to bomb — let’s say there was no response, the brief was left to stew there all day till it exploded.

    Let’s say Walgreen’s had indeed called it in, and PD said, “It’s a briefcase in a parking lot in Echo Park. Fugeddaboudit.”

    Clearly a case of better safe, trained and prepped than sorry I say.

  10. I was at Walgreen’s when L.A.P.D showed up. There where people talking in a vehicle not 8 feet away from where this case was located. L.A.P.D immediately asked these people to “MOVE” you might be in danger and pointed to the case. They freaked. I posted the incident to Face Book. I have to agree with Darrell. better to err on the side of causion than to be sorry later.

  11. I can understand people’s fear of the possible, but it’s hardly probable. I’d think there’s been just as many bear attacks on the eastside as terrorist attacks. Should we worry about those, too? About the same odds so far. Sometimes we just have to say this is silly. I’m not going to play. Outcome’s the same so why get in a tizzy?

  12. It was probably some guy’s office briefcase.
    Is that a viable excuse if you don’t have your TPS reports?
    “Sorry, the LAPD bomb squad exploded my briefcase!”

  13. So Patrick, by your logic bomb squads and such response units take a call liek this one and make a judgement from afar — w/o going? w/o more real info?, w/o checking out the call in-person?: “Unclaimed briefcase in public lot, Echo Park Walgreen’s…nahhhhhh. Probably nothing.”

    You know about the fellow stopped at Canadian border? Google it. He was headed for LAX. Heard about US Bank bldg? Google it.

    Sorry pal, not the way it’s supposed to happen.

  14. Patrick Llewellyn

    I don’t see anything wrong with my logic, and I think the bomb squad should do their job– to detect and take care of bomb threats. This wasn’t a bomb threat, obviously. So what did they do? They blew up a briefcase. You can’t mitigate all risks but I’d rather have a professional use judgment based on what we know about a situation– not what we know about possibilities. As far as I’ve been able to discern, the only reason they thought it could be a bomb was because nobody was holding it. That’s a pretty poor basis for deciding whether something is explosive. I see lots of things not being held all the time, and very few of them explode. I think society needs to get back to reasonable expectations of situations. This hysteria is not making anyone more safe, quite the opposite.

    It’s not a very reasonable expectation you’re going to find a bomb in that parking lot cleverly disguised as a briefcase, and most likely you don’t check your food for poison before you eat it. Are you going to get an organ removed cause it might get cancer? If you look for threat, you’ll find threat.

  15. it’s 911 syndrome, where every jurisdiction in the country wanted to pretend that ZOMG TERRRISTZ ARE IN UR CITIEZ BOMBIN UR PEOPLEZ. The Tulsa airpoprt is actually harder to get through and more of a security pain in the ass than LAX, because, you know, terrorist are going to blow up Tulsa.

    In all seriousness though, not to make light of bombs and terrorism, let’s stop hyperventiliating and realize 2 things:

    1) If New York and Washington DC are still standing, no one is going to nuke LA. seriously. Seriously. Stop wtting the bed, you should be more concerned about getting shot by crossfire in a drive by than by bombing.

    2) No one is going to blow up an empty fucking parking lot.

    Anyway, it’s happy hour people. Relax. Have a drink. And make sure you grab your briefcase.

  16. Excuse me, if someone didn’t stop the fellow at the Canadian border LAX would have blown up. No 911 Syndrome there, fact. Google up US Bank bldg while at it. Don’t ignore the bunker gent over on Riverside. And yes, stray bullets are certainly a bad fact of life in and around EP. Or Angeleno Hts. Poor girl, poor boy, poor family.

    Excuse me, that parking lot isn’t always empty. That intersection is also extremely busy. Faulty logic re “NY, DC still standing” which means then LA won’t get hit is all wet.

    “…As far as I’ve been able to discern, the only reason they thought it could be a bomb was because nobody was holding it. That’s a pretty poor basis for deciding whether something is explosive. I see lots of things not being held all the time, and very few of them explode.”

    I’ll say this — glad the both of you post here and apparently do not work for any group charged with protection, PD, FD or otherwise. I’m glad we have folks who’ll do their job and watch my back.

    Or the empty parking lot I park in at EP and Sunset, about once a week.

  17. Wow! maybe if they would have took this approach with 911 more serious, then the twin Towers would still be standing.

  18. Patrick Llewellyn

    Darrell, I’m not discounting the need to stop and look for credible threats, and to pursue evidence or hunches or your personal concern for safety and the public good. I understand where you’re coming from and the US Bank building, the Canadian border issue et al. were potentially awful occurrences that thankfully did not happen.

    But how does that apply to the suitcase being blown up in the Walgreen’s parking lot? It seems that you’re saying that because something CAN happen that it needs to be assumed that it WILL happen. I’m not saying there are not terror plots or that our officials and authorities don’t need to prepare for them and be vigilant against them– just that this wasn’t a case for that. It doesn’t make sense to blow up the suitcase cause it was unattended in that lot.

    As I mentioned– you don’t assume the groceries you purchase are going to be poisoned though they easily could be. Reason being that people don’t really do that to each other with enough regularity to warrant the safeguarding of it. There aren’t hordes of people looking to blow up suitcases in Echo Park, or even Government buildings. The actual percentages are so insignificant that the amount of effort and stress our society puts into stopping this ONE heinous form of crime/destruction doesn’t make sense– I doubt anyone who dies in a car accident with another motorist thinks with their last thought, “well thank God this wasn’t caused by a terrorist.”

    All I’m saying, Darrell, is that credible threats should be created credibly. Fantastic threats should be treated as fantasy.

  19. Patrick Llewellyn

    Whoops– typo. credible threats should be TREATED credibly. Fantastic threats should be treated as fantasy.

  20. “…credible threats should be TREATED credibly. Fantastic threats should be treated as fantasy.”

    Tell me and those who respond, how to tell the difference — with your 20-20 HINDSIGHT?

  21. Patrick Llewellyn

    That’s the point, Darrell. You can’t mitigate all risk. The attempt to is folly.

  22. You call it folly, you believe it’s folly and that’s why you’re here. Glad for that I am. Others respond. In the moment, not in hindsight.

    Done here. See you in the parking lot. When it’s cleared.

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