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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1995
They deal with the dangerous, the unpredictable and often the unknown. Their job: to disarm explosive devices while guaranteeing the safety of those around them. Bomb squad technicians are trained police officers, arson investigators and explosive specialists all rolled into one. And lately they've been busier than usual.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells and Joseph Serna
All lanes of the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills were reopened Thursday morning after a report of a suspicious package was cleared, the California Highway Patrol said. The freeway was closed for about three hours while authorities investigated a possible pipe bomb. Authorities detonated the package about 10:30 a.m. and reopened the lanes by 11 a.m., officials said. A   Caltrans   crew reportedly found the suspicious device along the freeway near the Shoup Avenue exit and called authorities at 8:12 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1996
The Sheriff's Department bomb squad, U.S. Marine Corps personnel and Orange police officers were called to a downtown real estate office Tuesday after an agent there found a live military round in a vacant home and brought it to work with her, police said. The bomb squad removed the 75-millimeter "self-propelled military round" from a Century 21 real estate office in the 400 block of East Chapman Avenue. The device was destroyed at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers and the bomb squad have been called to South L.A., where a man opened fire Saturday morning on officers and then barricaded himself inside a house, police said. At about 10:20 a.m., officers responded to a call of man with a gun near 57th and Main streets, said Officer Norma Eisenman. The suspect, armed with a handgun, shot at the officers as they approached, according to Eisenman. One of the officers returned fire and the man retreated into a house on 57th Street, Eisenman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1997
A Vietnam-era military grenade was found along a curbside Thursday afternoon, prompting police to call the bomb squad to remove it, authorities said. But the 40-millimeter grenade--about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 6 inches long--contained no explosive, said Glendale Police Sgt. Mel Barnes. A resident told police about the grenade in the 900 block of South Brand Boulevard about 3:15 p.m. but left before authorities arrived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1987 | From United Press International
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to expand and reorganize the Police Department's bomb squad in the wake of the deaths of two of its members last year. The council approved by a 10-0 vote an increase in the size of the Firearms and Explosives Section from 12 to 20 and gave the unit $142,202 for new equipment. The council also agreed to create separate bomb and firearms units within the section and to provide officers with improved training.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1994 | CHIP JOHNSON
A homeowner whose friend left a solid block of dynamite, plastic explosives and a detonation cord with him before taking a vacation called Los Angeles police Monday and had the materials removed from his house, authorities said. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad removed the explosives from a home in the 13700 block of Wyandotte Avenue about 11:30 a.m., said Sgt. Brett Papworth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1995 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
OK, so what do a blown movie script, blasted petunia seeds and dead kittens have in common? No, nothing to do with smell, although the script certainly might have stunk. And yes, while it is true that none of the above are readily available at finer department stores--or most anywhere else for that matter--that is not the proper answer either. Give up?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1990 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Squat and deceptively awkward-looking, the Andros 5A--a state-of-the-art robot--rode into Camarillo on Monday to show county law enforcement authorities what it can do. In a demonstration before members of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department bomb squad, the three-foot-tall, remote-controlled robot lurched through a range of exercises at the sheriff's shooting range at the Camarillo Airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1989 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. John Montoya said he was sure Friday that he was about to become the object of another firehouse gag when one of his men interrupted his morning shower at Station 106 in Rolling Hills Estates to announce: "There's a lady in your office and she's got a hand grenade for you." He had heard jokes like this before, Montoya said later Friday. "The guys kid around," Montoya said. "I said to him, 'Yeah, sure. Ha ha ha.' " But the grenade was no joke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles police shut down some downtown streets Monday morning as a bomb squad examined an unattended briefcase found on a park bench outside City Hall, officials said. Authorities were called to the scene just after 7 a.m., when the briefcase was spotted on the south lawn of City Hall, Los Angeles police Officer Wendy Reyes said. An investigation was ongoing. Some area streets outside City Hall, Grand Park and the Los Angeles Police Department's headquarters were blocked by police tape, delaying drivers during the morning commute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was dispatched Wednesday morning to help the FBI serve a search warrant in central L.A., police officials said. The FBI was serving a search warrant in the 5100 block of Washington Boulevard when they requested the assistance of the LAPD's bomb squad just before 8 a.m., Lt. Nick Barbara said. During their search, FBI agents saw a firecracker and also an item they mistook for a pipe bomb, triggering the request for assistance, Barbara said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Police found multiple suspicious devices Wednesday morning in a Culver City home after a traffic stop in West Los Angeles, authorities said. The LAPD bomb squad was dispatched to the residence in the 3800 block of Overland Boulevard a short time after Los Angeles police pulled over a vehicle in the West Los Angeles patrol area. Few details were available, including the exact nature of the devices, but sources familiar with the incident, who asked not to be identified because the investigation was unfolding, said an early morning traffic stop yielded a device that led police to the home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather
A Los Angeles police bomb squad responded to a suspicious package discovered early Friday near a Canoga Park dumpster, authorities said. A suspicious black bag was reported about 3:40 a.m. in an industrial area in the 9000 block of Eaton Avenue , said Los Angeles police officer Christopher No. Sources said the object found inside the bag was reported as a possible pipe bomb, but said it was not clear what the object was or whether it...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Police have cordoned off an area at Los Angeles City College after a report of a suspicious package, authorities said Wednesday night. Officers with the bomb squad, joined by patrol cars, swooped down on the location near Melrose Avenue on the south end of the campus, the Los Angeles Police Department said. A caller reported that a man in a dark hooded sweatshirt left a "gray-black lunch box next to a gray pickup by the street," Officer Christopher No told The Times. Officers were still searching the area and had not recovered any device or object.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Kurt Streeter and Andrew Blankstein
Someone calls a television station and makes a bomb threat, causing a phalanx of police to race to the scene. It's a hoax. Someone sees a package they think is a bomb, temporarily shuttering a city hall over terrorism fears. It's a fake. Yet another “suspicious package” is found, this time an abandoned backpack in Orange County. “We found the rightful owner,” a police spokesman says, just “before needing to do a controlled explosion.” The Boston Marathon bombings have left police stretched thin as they are forced to deal with troubling consequences: a surge in bomb squad calls from people who think they've spotted an explosive and an uptick in fake threats from opportunists seeking attention during a time of fear and frayed nerves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2000 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing racial discrimination, a Superior Court jury Friday unanimously awarded $5.34 million--one of the largest verdicts of its kind--to the first African American on the Los Angeles Police Department's elite bomb squad. During the two-week trial, John Francois, 32, who served 13 months on the squad, described incidents of harassment, including one before Halloween in 1996 in which a supervisor suggested Francois put on a suit and tie and come dressed as a "white man."
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August 1, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
San Antonio International Airport officials gave the all-clear Wednesday afternoon after a phoned-in bomb threat forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 passengers and personnel. Some flights were landing again as scheduled, the airport said , after the terminals and nearby parking garages were examined and cleared by bomb squads. Police left the airport to direct traffic, which grew congested as more people tried to leave the area. The incident began just after 2 p.m. when airport officials received a “very specific threat” alleging  that three packages had been left in the basement of the short-term parking garage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Businesses and residences near a Del Taco in Fullerton have been evacuated while authorities investigate “suspicious packages” in the restaurant's parking lot, police said. The area around Chapman Avenue and State College Boulevard has been shut down since about 8:30 a.m., police said, and the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad has responded to the incident. The incident marks the latest in a string of bomb scares across Southern California this week, following the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
  A bomb squad responded to a second incident Thursday night at Cal State Los Angeles after two "suspicious" objects were reported on campus, law enforcement authorities told The Times. The objects turned out to be a door chime and part of a student's experiment, according to authorities. The door chime belonged to a professor  A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bomb squad "rendered harmless" the two objects shortly before 9 p.m., authorities said.  The campus had already been evacuated after a bomb threat earlier Thursday that turned out to be a hoax.  Law enforcement authorities said the two incidents appeared to be unrelated.  Earlier in the day, students and faculty were ordered to leave the Eastside campus as police searched the area.  Students and faculty were not allowed back on campus, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
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