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Bomb Squad Called Out for Suspicious Package Left at Church

Burbank Police received a call just before 4 pm on Thursday, August 17 of a suspicious package next to the steps of the SpiritWorks Center for Spiritual Living on the corner of Heffron and Pass. Ave.

Burbank police secured the area awaiting Los Angeles Sheriff’s Bomb Squad. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Police quickly responded to the scene and immediately started to secure the area with police line tape, closing off the area to all traffic and pedestrians. They closed Pass Ave. between Alameda and Oak and had CHP shut down the Pass Ave. off-ramp from the Ventura Freeway.

While Von’s was not shut down, there was no traffic allowed into the parking lot from Pass Avenue and the stores remained open during the duration of the event. The Bank of America closed for business during the incident.

Don Schilling, a employee of SpirtWorks, said he called police when he saw the black case next to the stairs of the main entrance.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Los Angeles County Bomb Squad arrived on the scene and deployed their robot to first investigate the package, then detonated a water based explosive next to it before members of the bomb squad came down to retrieve it.

It turned out to have probably have belonged to a transient with the box filled with clothes.  There was also an orange sweatshirt on a Buddha statue that police retrieved from the property.

Police reopened the area to traffic just after 6 pm.



Bomb Squad Blows Up Two Devices in Burbank Home

On Friday afternoon at approximately 4:50 PM, Burbank Police Detectives located a possible explosive device inside a residence in the 1900 block of North Rose Street in the City of Burbank. The device was located during the service of a search warrant.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded to the location to assist and safely detonated the device and determined it was an explosive device.

After a follow up search inside the residence they located a second similar device, the bomb squad safely detonated the second device and determined it also was an explosive device. No additional explosive devices were located.

A suspect has been identified.

Because the investigation is ongoing, the suspect’s identity is not being released at this time. The suspect has not yet been arrested or charged. The Burbank Police Department does not believe there are any outstanding explosive devices and there is no immediate danger to the public.

Backpack At Downtown Burbank Train Station Causes Bomb Scare

Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station, surrounding streets closed during evening rush hour.

A robot deployed by the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad raises the backpack out of a trash can so it can be examined further (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

A backpack discarded in a trash can at the Burbank Metrolink Station Wednesday afternoon, caused closure of the station and surrounding streets, and delays to trains.

The incident began at 5:01 p.m. when a security guard at the Downtown Burbank Metolink Station at 201 N. Front St., reported to Burbank Police that there was a suspicious backpack in a trash can at the station.  The first officers on scene assessed the situation and requested additional units to close off the area.  The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Bomb Squad was called and responded to the station.

Front St. was closed to traffic from Burbank Blvd. to Verdugo Ave.  Access to the west side of the Metrolink Station at Flower St. and Olive Ave. was also blocked.  Police removed pedestrians from the Olive Overpass, and eventually stopped vehicular traffic over the bridge.   Police used their Traffic Control Officers to assist with the street closures.  The Burbank Fire Department responded with Engine 11, and Rescue Ambulance 11.   Metrolink trains were stopped and remained some distance from the station until the device could be examined.

Metro Link Trains were stopped both north and south of the station for about an hour during the investigation (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

The Bomb Squad arrived at the station shortly before 6 p.m.  They used a robot to examine the backpack. The backpack was determined to be inert shortly after 6:30 p.m.   The station was reopened, and Metrolink train service was allowed to continue.  All streets were re-opened with the exception of Front St.  Southbound vehicular traffic was blocked at Burbank Blvd. due to the large number of emergency vehicles next to the Metrolink Station.

At least three television news helicopters were overhead during the incident.  The noise from the helicopters alerted local residents that something was happening.  Those who subscribe to BurbankNBeyond.com tweets on Twitter were kept up to date as the incident unfolded.

After the incident was over, and station opeations returned to normal, emergency response personnel involved in the incident held a debriefing with the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad.  The entire operation was over and the scene cleared at 9:20 p.m.

The entire Metro Link and bus station was shut down a well as the Olive Overpass during the incident. (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Military Ordinance Found At Burbank House During Warrent Search

Wednesday morning, at 7:00 a.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department served a search warrant, in the 600 block of East Fairmount Road, in the City of Burbank. During the execution of the search warrant, the officers discovered a military ordinance.

As a safety precaution, several residents immediately surrounding the house were evacuated. The evacuation lasted about two and one-half hours, at which time they were allowed to return to their houses.

The Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad responded, examined the device, determined the device to be inert, and rendered it safe. Burbank police officers provided traffic control during the incident but were not actively involved in the search warrant.

There were no injuries to anyone involved in the incident and at this time  no arrests made at the time of this incident.