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Bomb Squad Finds No Explosives In LAPD Patrol Car

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The LAPD found no explosives after calling in a bomb squad to investigate a potential threat involving a patrol car in Koreatown on Tuesday.

Authorities had blown out one of the windows of the car and used a robotic device to investigate the vehicle, which was parked in the 600 block of Harvard Boulevard, between West 6th Street and Wilshire Boulevard.

They also lifted the car up to make sure there weren’t explosives underneath.

The LAPD received three phone calls calls starting at 2 a.m. Tuesday from a male voice who first reported that there was a explosive device at a Jewish temple in the area.  Police responded and checked out the nearby Wilshire Boulevard Temple and found nothing.

Then about 8 a.m. police received two more phone calls from a male voice reporting a suspicious device under an LAPD patrol car in that same area.  So far, officers have not found an explosive device.

“The LAPD car is not stolen,” said LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez. “It was placed there as a crime deterrent.”

About 30 to 40 residents have been evacuated as a precaution.  There are several street closures, including parts of Wilshire Boulevard, Hobart and Harvard Boulevards, West 6th Street and Kingsley Avenue.

One resident didn’t know that the LAPD had closed off the area around the car.

“She wandered out of her complex and very close to the vehicle as it was being lifted,” LAPD Sergeant Rudy Lopez said.