Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuations in Van Nuys

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VAN NUYS, Calif. (KTLA) — A bomb threat forced hundreds of residents to evacuate in a neighborhood in Van Nuys early Wednesday morning.


Police K-9s were used to search a suspicious vehicle.

It happened just after midnight in the 7200 block of Lennox Avenue, just north of Sherman Way.

Someone called police and reported a vehicle with explosives inside that would detonate at a certain time, said LAPD K-9 Officer Gary Newton.

Robots and police K-9s were brought out to search the car.

“We went to the location and found the described vehicle. Out of an abundance of caution, we searched it and found no explosives,” Newton said.

Witnesses said that at least four apartment buildings on Lennox Avenue were evacuated, with hundreds of tenants asked to leave.

“About 2:15 in the morning they knocked on doors,” resident Shupon Berring said. “I had no idea what was going on. I thought it was a domestic dispute next door.”

“I began to run downstairs to double check, only to open up the door and find out there was like 20 officers asking people to leave immediately,” she said.

Something similar happened a few weeks ago in the same neighborhood, authorities said.

The bomb squad was called out to search a suspicious vehicle, which turned out to be nothing. It wasn’t known if the two cases were related.

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