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LAPD: Explosive Devices Found In Man's Car, Home

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(FOX 11) Brenda Uribe couldn't get to work at Smashburger on the corner of Venice and Overland. Stacey Florence couldn't get to sleep all night, given what was going on and was frightened. And, LAFD Captain Jaime Moore said what was happening on Overland between Venice and Washington was extremely dangerous.

Let's start at the beginning. It was 12:05 am when a man in a red Sentra was stopped for an expired registration at Venice and Midway. Inside the car police find narcotics, a handgun and what appears to be an explosive in a container.

This is all near where Florence lives. The noise woke her up and kept her up. That's why she couldn't sleep. Why she was frightened comes a little later when authorities went to the suspect's apartment and found "multiple explosive devices" inside.

The bomb squad was called and 60 police officers have been dispatched to this area where there is a strip mall. There were 50 firefighters, a hazmat team and others from the LAFD. Police from LA and Culver City worked together.

It could have been a long day says Captain Jaime Moore. But, for awhile, the LAFD Public Information Officer says it could be a dangerous one because there is still the job of disabling what has been built.

For safety sake, four buildings were evacuated and the strip mall stores were asked not to open. They don't.

As for Brenda Uribe, she was stunned and headed home.

"No work today," she tells me.

The store is not going to open.

AP Reporting:

A police bomb squad was detonating homemade explosive devices found in an apartment on Wednesday after a traffic stop revealed a potentially dangerous liquid in a man's car, authorities said.
 
The man remained in custody as police evacuated several buildings and destroyed at least four devices. Authorities believe the man was acting alone, and said there were no apparent links to terrorism.
 
"This appears to be an individual who was just very curious with explosive devices and then manufactured them," police spokesman Sgt. Frank Preciado said.
 
The bomb squad went to an apartment complex in the Palms neighborhood of west Los Angeles after officers stopped the man for improper vehicle registration on Tuesday night and spotted a clear liquid that was concerning, police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.
 
Officers also found a gun and narcotics, and the man was arrested. His name was not immediately released.
 
That discovery prompted the search of the man's apartment. The complex and three surrounding buildings were evacuated, and several blocks were sealed off.
 
Officers were taking the explosive devices to a closed off street and disarming them, fire Capt. Jaime Moore said.
 
"They've created a bunker in order to shelter any shrapnel or debris that may fly with the detonation," Moore said.
 
The man had not yet been booked because investigators were still determining the extent of any possible crimes, Lopez said.
 
Residents were directed to a nearby shelter during the evacuation.
 
Marion Firnhaber said she grabbed a book and a banana and was out the door of her apartment.
 
"I came outside and there were so many policemen, I thought, `Nobody's going to get away with anything,"' she said.

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