Highland Park streets closed during bomb scare [updated]

HIGHLAND PARK — Police have cordoned off  streets near York Boulevard and Avenue 63 as they investigate a suspicious package. Warehouse Shoe Sale is among the stores have that closed as the investigation takes place. 

Update: The LAPD Bomb Squad determined that the item was not an explosive device, reports Eastsider contributor Nathan Solis.


  1. Garvanza be wilin’ out.

  2. Do you know if they evacuated those homes nearby?

  3. The bomb squad once put my street on lockdown so they could blow up a bag of bum clothes left at the bus stop.

    It is hard to see the value in what this over-priced division of the LAPD does. How many actual bombs do they encounter on a daily basis? Their headquarters on Main Street in Lincoln Heights doesn’t look cheap, and neither do their shiny trucks.

    • @ubray02

      Better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them.

      Those guys defused one of the largest vehicle bombs in US history in 1990 when some wacko tried to blow up one of the IRS buildings. Would you still be complaining then? They saved many, many lives that day. And a some of those guys have died defusing bombs.

      Here’s a statistic from the LAPD site:

      “The Bomb Squad responded to 1,008 calls for service in 2005 and 1,114 calls for service in 2004. Approximately 22% of the calls handled were live devices that had to be rendered safe, live devices that already functioned, live military ordnance, or other illegal explosive devices.”

      22% of the calls were real. I think that justifies the existence of the bomb squad.

    • Speaking of urban bombs, and bad ideas for defusing them that cause trouble, I was recently reminded of the Harvey’s Hotel bomb (1980) — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey's_Resort_Hotel_bombing .

      This bomb basically took down a multistory hotel.

    • You are such a pain in the ass.

  4. I’m guessing that a new resident in the area heard the song “La Bamba” coming from a storefront and panicked.

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