Wrapped car prank
Practical joke prompted a response by a bomb
ANAHEIM, CALIF., A prankster who wrapped a co-worker's truck in cellophane outside the Anaheim Memorial Medical Center is facing possible criminal charges today after his practical joke prompted a response by a bomb squad.
Police with a bomb-sniffing dog and fire crews rushed to the 1100 block of La Palma Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Thursday after someone saw the plastic- wrapped truck and called authorities, police said.
A hospital employee who owns the Chevrolet pickup truck told police it was a prank by a co-worker, who acknowledged that to investigators, said Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn.
In addition to wrapping the truck in plastic, the man also attached notes to the grill area of the vehicle saying, "Plastics are hazardous,'' "Keep distance'' and "Truck armed with plastics.''
Officers cordoned off the area, locked down the medical center and blocked traffic on La Palma until about 7 p.m., the photographer said. Police will refer the results of their investigation, including a tally of the emergency response costs incurred, to the city attorney for possible
prosecution, Dunn said.
In a post-9-11 world, Dunn said, police and fire agencies take any threats very seriously, especially those involving heavy-traffic facilities like a medical center
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — An explosive device found in a man’s vehicle during a traffic stop today prompted authorities to go to the motorist’s Palms-area residence, where a number of possible explosive devices were found, police said.
A bomb squad was sent to the apartment building in the 3800 block of Overland Avenue about 6:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—What turned out to be a microphone in a piece of checked luggage led to the partial evacuation of a terminal and flight slow-downs today at Los Angeles International Airport.
A screener detected something unusual in a piece of baggage, and authorities started evacuating a passenger screening area in Terminal 6 at 7:12 a.m., said Nancy Suey Castles of Los Angeles World Airports.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A bomb squad was sent to Leimert Park today to search a stolen car in which some "fuseless firecrackers'' exploded and slightly injured an officer.
The incident began about 4 a.m. at Vernon and Ninth avenues, where police were sent to investigate a report of a stolen car, Los Angeles police Officer Diana Figueroa said.
An officer was looking in the glove compartment of the vehicle when a small explosion occurred, apparently from some fuseless firecrackers, LAPD Capt. Melissa Zak told Fox11.