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August 21, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The site that Tony Scott chose to end his life at is one Hollywood knows well. The "Top Gun" director leaped from a perch on the 6,060 foot-long Vincent Thomas Bridge on Sunday, the third-longest suspension bridge in California, and one that has been a set piece in numerous films. Though the San Pedro bridge has been featured in movies including 2000's "Gone in Sixty Seconds" and"Charlie's Angels,"the landmark's biggest role came in 1985's "To Live and Die in L.A. " During production of the William Friedkin action film in 1983, the bridge was closed for two weekends to shoot a chase scene.
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November 9, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A bottle of acetylene caught fire on top of the control room of a crane at the Port of Los Angeles midday Saturday, the city Fire Department said. There was no explosion and were no injuries, said Fire Department spokesman Shawn Lenske. “We let the acetylene burn off,” he said. A pair of Fire Department boats and 47 firefighters were dispatched to fight the blaze. The fire started around noon Saturday at Berth 100, north of the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Acetylene is a gas used in welding.
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September 9, 2013 | By Jason La
Driving across the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro at sunset,  Aydin Palabiyikoglu photographed this scene with his HTC  Amaze 4G phone on July 21. He had a camera in his trunk but he used his phone instead so he wouldn't miss this moment, he said. He adds that if you have favorable light and know what you're doing, you don't need expensive equipment to take good photos.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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October 15, 2013 | From KTLA
Firefighters extinguished a transformer fire that broke out Tuesday morning at a shipping-container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The blaze was reported at about 7:30 a.m. at the TraPak Inc. facility in Wilmington, about a half-mile north of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, KTLA reported. Before attacking the fire, Los Angeles firefighters waited for confirmation from the L.A. Department of Water and Power that the transformer had been shut down. “There are no structures threatened at this time,” said LAFD spokeswoman Katherine Main.
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May 17, 1990
The two westbound lanes of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday for a bicycle ride sponsored by the Redondo Riviera Rotary Club. The Harbor Boulevard off-ramp from the bridge will also be closed during these hours. About 1,500 bicyclists are expected to participate in the ride, which will begin in the Hollywood Riviera section of Redondo Beach and will include crossing the Vincent Thomas Bridge.
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April 26, 1997
Caltrans announced plans Friday to begin a $26-million reinforcement of the Vincent Thomas Bridge intended to sustain the 6,000-foot-long span between San Pedro and Terminal Island during a major earthquake. Construction crews plan to begin encasing the bridge's supports next week in steel and concrete, delaying until August work that will involve closing traffic lanes for up to a weekend at a time.
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October 18, 1989 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A "massive chain-reaction collision" involving 30 cars and as many as 14 separate accidents shut down traffic on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro for 2 1/2 hours early Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Despite the amount of property damage--one CHP officer described it as "just a mass of damaged vehicles pointed in all directions"--no one was seriously injured. The bumper-car-style pileup began at 5:45 a.m. when one car rear-ended another.
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January 30, 1998
As part of a $26-million seismic retrofitting on the Vincent Thomas Bridge that connects San Pedro to Terminal Island, the eastbound right lane will be closed today from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, a Caltrans spokeswoman said. The closure is part of a project that has been underway since April, and is expected to be completed by the end of next year. The same lane will be closed again Feb. 20. The closures are in addition to ongoing closures of the same lane from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
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March 1, 1995
Next year, the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro could be aglow with lights if a plan proposed by a Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday wins final city approval. Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr. of San Pedro said the Vincent Thomas span will serve as the city's "welcoming monument," much like the Golden Gate in San Francisco and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
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September 9, 2013 | By Jason La
Driving across the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro at sunset,  Aydin Palabiyikoglu photographed this scene with his HTC  Amaze 4G phone on July 21. He had a camera in his trunk but he used his phone instead so he wouldn't miss this moment, he said. He adds that if you have favorable light and know what you're doing, you don't need expensive equipment to take good photos.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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September 2, 2013 | By Gale Holland
The Upper Newport Bay, usually buzzing with kayakers and outdoor enthusiasts, remains closed to swimming and other recreational uses after a sewage spill. The closure includes Newport Dunes, a popular recreation and swimming area. The sewage spill was reported Saturday. Any updates will be posted on the Orange County Health Care Agency's website . ALSO: Balboa Pier remains closed after being slammed by boat Vincent Thomas Bridge will close Labor Day morning for marathon 10 in hospital after tour bus crash on way to San Diego County casino gale.holland@latimes Twitter: @geholland
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May 20, 2013 | By Chris Goffard
Authorities have identified a man who jumped to his death Sunday night from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, but are waiting to notify his next of kin, a Los Angeles County coroner official said. Just after 8 p.m., the man drove his car to the top of the bridge, stopped and climbed out, leaving the vehicle running with the headlights on, Port of Los Angeles  spokesman Phillip Sanfield said Sunday. The man, who was in his 40s, climbed a security fence, which is about 10 feet high, and jumped into the water below, Sanfield said.
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May 19, 2013 | By Christopher Goffard
Authorities are working to confirm the identity of a man who jumped to his death Sunday night from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. Just after 8 p.m., the man drove his car to the top of the bridge, stopped and climbed out, leaving it running with the headlights on, said Port of Los Angeles spokesman Phillip Sanfield. The man, who was in his 40s, climbed a security fence, which is about 10 feet high, and jumped into the water below, Sanfield said. A passenger boat retrieved the man, and rescue workers attempted CPR without success, Sanfield said.
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October 22, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Director Tony Scott was not suffering from cancer and did not have any serious underlying medical conditions at the time of his suicide, chief coroner investigator Craig Harvey said. Los Angeles County coroner's officials released their final cause of death in the 68-year-old's suicide, finding that he died of multiple blunt-force injuries after leaping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge on Aug. 19. The director also had therapeutic levels of the sleep aid Lunestra and the anti-depressant Mirtazipine, also known as Remeron, in his system, according to results of toxicology tests.
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August 22, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Tony Scott's family will hold a private memorial this weekend for the "Top Gun" and "Unstoppable" director, a representative said in a statement. Scott jumped off a bridge in San Pedro to his death on Sunday, according to authorities. Sometime after Labor Day, there will also be a public event. Here is the complete statement: "Tony Scott will be honored at a private, family-only ceremony this weekend in Los Angeles. The family will announce plans after Labor Day for a gathering to celebrate the life and work of Mr. Scott. Details will be forthcoming once they are formalized.
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August 22, 2012 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Investigators probing the death of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott said they still don't know why he plunged from the Vincent Thomas Bridge on Sunday. Law enforcement sources said several notes Scott left do not mention any health problems or offer solid clues about why he jumped. It's possible, the sources said, that authorities might never make a clear determination of motive. An autopsy was performed Monday. But, as in many cases, the coroner said a final cause of death would not be determined until toxicology and other test results became available in several weeks.
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August 21, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The site that Tony Scott chose to end his life at is one Hollywood knows well. The "Top Gun" director leaped from a perch on the 6,060 foot-long Vincent Thomas Bridge on Sunday, the third-longest suspension bridge in California, and one that has been a set piece in numerous films. Though the San Pedro bridge has been featured in movies including 2000's "Gone in Sixty Seconds" and"Charlie's Angels,"the landmark's biggest role came in 1985's "To Live and Die in L.A. " During production of the William Friedkin action film in 1983, the bridge was closed for two weekends to shoot a chase scene.
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