Suspicious Device Found on Vehicle Near School in Inglewood Safely Detonated by Bomb Squad

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A bomb squad detonated a suspicious device Monday morning that had been attached to the trunk of a car left near a school in Inglewood.

Police were flagged down about 9:30 p.m. Sunday by a woman who noticed a package and several dangling wires attached to a 2004 Nissan parked in the 700 block of West Beach Avenue, Inglewood Police Department Lt. Cochran said.

A bomb dog sent to the scene alerted on the package, prompting authorities to believe that it was a live explosive, Cochran said.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bomb squad arrived and safely detonated the device, which was later determined not to be functional.

About 75 to 100 residents had to evacuate the densely populated area during the incident.

Investigators said the vehicle was not stolen and that they were trying to track down its owner.

It was unclear how long the car had been at the location in front of Highland Elementary School.

A resident who was evacuated due to the investigation said he was surprised when he heard about the suspicious device.

“All over the world you can hear stuff going on but you don’t expect it to happen in your neighborhood or on your block, but it does,” Paul Ahmad said.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 323-881-7500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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