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Pipe Bomb Turns Out to be Possible Movie Prop

On Wednesday morning around 7:35 am, Burbank police were called to an apartment building where someone had found a ‘cylindrical object’ according to a press release issued by Sergent Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department. As in all cases like this, the immediate area was evacuated and traffic was stopped on Hollywood Way until the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Arson and Explosives Detail could respond.

Green Stated, “The object was identified as a possible pipe bomb. It contained four cylindrical PVC pipes attached together with clamps, with wires protruding. Due to the densely populated area, coupled with the suspicious circumstances, the surrounding neighborhood was cordoned off as a precaution. Several residential units were also evacuated in the interest of safety and to allow investigators to examine the device.”

Once the bomb squad arrived and were briefed by Burbank officers, Sheriff officers used their robot to go in and retrieve the device where after an examination, found that it contain no explosive material inside.

“The object resembled a movie/television prop.” said Green.

Residents were allowed to return and Hollywood Way reopened to traffic around 11:00 am. Burbank police will now investigate as to where the device came from and who was responsible.


Burger Review – The Hollywood Way

Hollywood Way

When you do burger reviews you expect to be disappointed way more then made happy. I did not pick The Hollywood Way to be the first of the many to be reviewed burger places on purpose. I knew I was starting this up again after taking six years off and just decided as I walked in the door to make this the first – no matter how good or bad.

We went in around 2:00 in the afternoon and found the place about half full but easily found seating. The waitress was on us fast and we had a menu and drinks within a minute.

Upon ordering there are some words I love to hear “…and how would you like that cooked?” When you hear that you know you are getting a fresh hand packed patty, and I also went with cheddar cheese.  She also asked which kind of bun, their standard brioche bun or their cheesy bun. Of course, being a huge cheese guy, I went cheesy!

Hollywood Way burgerWhen it came in about 12 minutes, it looked like a thing of beauty (see picture!). The bun fit perfectly, did not fall apart at all, the condiments were not over-bearing and the amount of cheese was not stingy, it oozed from the meat.

After one bite I was hooked, the flavor was outstanding. This burger was a star by itself. It was not too big and not out of control. After I finished I was worried that it was going to be hard to find any other burgers that would live up to these standards.

While I tried the Classic Cheeseburger, The Hollywood Way has many more varieties (including sliders) for you to try.

The Hawaii Five-O has teriyaki glaze with a slice of grilled pineapple, the Memphis burger is a half-pound burger piled high with Carolina pulled pork, Cheddar cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon and onion straws topped with Hollywood BBQ sauce.

There are several more including Smokehouse, Black and Blue and the Hollywood Way Hottie which you had better have a lot of cold drink near you before trying.

The Hollywood Way has a full bar and separate seating away from the bar area for families. There are numerous TV’s turned to every sports game on at the time.

Although it really does not count for the burger review, I would be chastised not to tell you about some of the sides. The Onion Straws are outstanding but what I really love are the Kettle Chips which you see in the picture.  They are always made fresh and come to you warm.

The Hollywood Way is located at 1333 N. Hollywood Way – right next to the car wash at Burbank and Hollywood Way. 818 845-4400

The Hollywood Way receives: Tops in Town

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)


Hollywood Way to Get Repaved

Burbank’s Public Works Department announced that they will begin improvements and repaving on a section of Hollywood Way between Alameda and Clark.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The work will include concrete repairs and new pedestrian ramps, followed by resurfacing of the roadway with rubberized asphalt.

Vehicular traffic will remain open during construction but lane closures and detours will be in effect during certain phases of the operation. Expect delays at street entrances and driveways during construction. The contractor will post “No Parking” signs 48 hours in advance of commencing work in areas where parking restrictions will be necessary.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Notices were distributed to residents and business owners five days prior to start of work. They included the scope of work as well as names and phone numbers of the contractor and the inspector.

The construction will start immediately and will last approximately two months.

Accident Ties Up Traffic at Bob Hope Airport

Just after 2:00 Monday afternoon, Burbank Police and Fire responded to a traffic collision with an overturned car at the intersection of Hollywood Way and Winona Ave.

Firefighters check out a car after assisting victims out of the vehicle (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Firefighters check out a car after assisting victims out of the vehicle (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Burbank Fire paramedics was first on scene to find a two vehicle accident with a vehicle on its side. Thankfully all occupants were able to exit their vehicles safely with only very minor injuries that did not require hospital transport.

The cause of the accident was unknown at the time but Burbank PD remained on scene for about an hour after the collision for further investigation.

Winona was closed eastbound and westbound from Hollywood Way to Ontario for the duration of the investigation, and one lane northbound on Hollywood Way was also shutdown which had traffic backed up to the entrance of the airport at Thornton.

Overturned Car Creates Havoc on Hollywood Way

Around 9:20 Tuesday morning, Burbank Fire and Paramedics and Burbank Police were dispatched to a traffic collision with a vehicle overturned and a person trapped inside on the 300 block of N. Hollywood Way.


Photo By Nick Colbert

Burbank PD arrived on scene and began to shutdown Hollywood Way in both directions between Heffron and Oak as cars struck in the collision were scattered on both sides of the street. Shortly after, Burbank’s Engine and Truck 12 arrived on scene to find one vehicle on its roof in the street that had struck multiple other cars, and an unconscious but breathing female trapped upside down in the vehicle.

The driver side door of her overturned car was not very badly damaged allowing for a fairly quick extrication process by the units on scene. After being removed from the vehicle, she was quickly transported to the hospital to be treated for her injuries. There is no word on her condition at this time.


Paramedics help the victim of the accident (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Witnesses at the accident scene said the accident was allegedly caused by the female driver, driving a beige sedan, who was traveling northbound on Hollywood Way when she then struck a car in the lane next to her sending that car spinning across the street and onto the sidewalk. The driver of the beige sedan then hit two more parked cars on the northbound side of the street before rolling over and landing upside down in the street.

Burbank Police and Fire are unsure of whether the driver fell suffered a medical condition right before the accident happened, or if she lost consciousness as a result of the violent collision. The driver of the beige sedan was thankfully the only person injured in the accident.

Hollywood Way was shutdown for over an hour to allow Burbank PD to conduct a lengthy investigation to provide more clues as to what possibly caused the accident.

Police examine the area for clues to why the accident occurred (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Police examine the area for clues to why the accident occurred (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Traffic Accident Sends One Vehicle into Power Pole

At around 10:15 p.m. Sunday night, Burbank Fire and Paramedics along with Burbank Police responded to reports of a two car traffic collision with a vehicle striking a light pole at the intersection of Hollywood Way and Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank Firefighters work to free a woman after the car she was driving was involved in an accident, sending it into a pole at the corner of Magnolia and Hollywood Way (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Burbank Police were first on scene and reported one car with minor damage in the middle of the intersection, and one car up against a light pole on the northwest corner of the intersection. The vehicle that struck the pole, a beige sedan, was reported to have gone through the intersection heading westbound on Magnolia just as the light turned red, clipping the car that was turning north onto Hollywood Way off of Magnolia.  The sedan was then flung sideways and smashed into the pole on the passenger side.

The driver of the sedan had her dog on her lap during the accident but the dog was unharmed. The woman however suffered multiple injuries but refused transport by paramedics to the hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was the only occupant and was unharmed.
Multiple lanes around the intersection were blocked by the emergency crews, and westbound traffic on Magnolia was blocked at the intersection for close to an hour for the duration of the investigation and the clean-up.

Three Robbed at Gunpoint on Hollywood Way

Two women and a man were robbed at gunpoint Wednesday Aug 1 at 2:40  am in the 2000 block of Hollywood Way. The three victims had just returned from Hollywood and were parking their vehicle on Hollywood Way, when they observed a newer silver or gold compact vehicle conduct a U-Turn on Hollywood Way behind them, and two males exited the vehicle.

As the victims began walking to their residence, they saw the two male suspects approaching them.  One of the victims looked over at the suspects and saw that one of them had a black handgun in their hand.  The suspect then pointed the handgun at the victims and ordered the two females to put their purses down on the ground, and for the male to place his wallet on the ground.  All three victims complied with the suspect’s demands.

The suspects then grabbed the items, ran back to their vehicle,  and drove off southbound on Hollywood Way.

Suspect #1 description:  Male, Hispanic, late 20’s, 5’6, medium build, with a buzzed haircut, unshaven, wearing a t-shirt and jeans.  Armed with a black semi-auto handgun.

Suspect #2 description:  Male, Hispanic, late 20’s, 5’5, medium build, white t-shirt, and jeans.

Hollywood Way to be Closed by Caltrans on Thursday

Caltrans is constructing a carpool lane on the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Hollywood Freeway (SR-170) and Buena Vista Street.

On Thursday, March 15, crews will conduct bridge work on Hollywood Way for the widening of the freeway. This will require the street closure of Hollywood Way between Glenoaks Boulevard and Keswick Street. See map below for detours.

Caltrans will make every effort to minimize any inconvenience to you. You may hear construction noise and experience vibrations during this operation Noise will not exceed levels allowed by federal regulations.


I-5 Hollywood Way between Glenaoks Boulevard and Keswick Street.


Thursday, March 15 – Friday, March 16

Time: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Full Closure: 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.

The construction schedule is subject to change.

Caltrans Announces Long-Term Closure Of Northbound I-5 Hollywood Way Off-Ramp

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the northbound Golden State Freeway (I-5) Hollywood Way off-ramp beginning Tuesday, April 12, at 9 p.m. through spring 2012. The closure is part of the I-5 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) Lane Improvement Project now in construction between the Hollywood Freeway (SR-170) and Buena Vista Street in Burbank. Closing the ramp is necessary so that crews can widen the freeway, construct the Hollywood Way bridge abutment, and build sound walls and retaining walls. Detours will be signed. Closures are subject to change.

This project is building an HOV lane in each direction along I-5 between SR-170 and Buena Vista Street in Burbank, a total distance of 8.8 miles (4.4 miles in each direction). It is also replacing sections of concrete pavement, constructing sound walls, and realigning the Hollywood Way on- and off-ramps.

Driver Takes Detour, Crashes Through Tree And Into Front Yard Of House

Photos By Craig Sherwood

A woman driving a Chrysler Sebring lost control of her car and ended up knocking over a tree and winding up in the front yard of a house on the 700 block of Hollywood Way.  The accident occurred just two houses from Fire Station 12 and happened just as they were coming back from another call.  The unidentified woman was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center with minor injuries.  Officers are still investigating the accident.