What’s going on at Sunset & Vine?

Sunset is shut down just west of Vine. That would be in front of the Arclight Theatres.

There is a police officer directing traffic off of Sunset and there are flares on either side of the street.

Anyone?

11 Replies to “What’s going on at Sunset & Vine?”

  1. rumor has it that there was a bomb threat at the jack in the box in front of amoeba. and someone left a backpack there, so the streets were closed down and the bomb squad came.

    SUPER annoying, since it took 30 mins to drive around!!

    who would target a jack in the box, anyway?

  2. rumor has it that there was a bomb threat at the jack in the box in front of amoeba. and someone left a backpack there, so the streets were closed down and the bomb squad came.

    SUPER annoying, since it took 30 mins to drive around!!

    who would target a jack in the box, anyway?

  3. I know! There was a bomb threat at CNN, so the CNN building and surrounding buildings (including arclight) were all evacuated.

  4. This of course, parallels a question that might have been on some minds during the lunch hour at a particular pizza restaurant on August 9, 2001.

    While (pursuant of protocol) I can’t discuss what may or may not be happening on Sunset Boulevard, I can say that those in uniform have to operate with an abundance of caution every day of the year.

    If you want to what is happening or has/hasn’t happened there, you’ll have to speak with our friends at the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Stay Safe and Be Well,

    Brian

  5. OK, so Brian’s comment has really peaked my interest, especially linking to a story about a suicide bombing. Sounds like the “bomb threat” story might have some credibility?

  6. a friend at the la film school said they were evacuated from the building because of a bomb threat and school was closed down…

  7. The office of the Chief of Police has been *very* forthwith that I should not comment about Police matters. While I am often pleased to “fill in the blanks”, in this case – now that the (non?)event is over – your best bet is to start with the local community Police station when seeking an explanation of recent law enforcement activities.

    If something goes boom and damages something or injures someone, the Fire Department can speak to it. If not, bomb threats and other law enforcement matters are entirely within the province of the Police Department.

    Regards,

    Brian

  8. Suspicious package outside the Jack in the Box. Abundance of caution and LAPD thought it looked like nothing, but bomb squad called into detonate just in case. All is OK.

  9. I can speak from the personal experience of being an unintended victim of an unsuccessful terrorist bombing way back in 1988. The bomber targeted an IRS office next door to my workplace with home made howitzer-type weapons made from oil drums full of gasoline; estimated explosive power: slightly more than the famous Oklahoma City bomb.

    I was sitting at a computer for a half-hour facing a window on the 7th floor overlooking the IRS building before they evacuated the eight-block area. The bombs never went off – apparently, his homemade electronic detonator failed, and as a last-ditch effort, he set the truck on fire. The police reported that the big drums of boomboom came very close to being hot enough to ignite, and it took over an hour to cool down enough for the bomb squad to get close. If they had gone off, they were aimed at too high an angle, and most of the force of the explosion would’ve gone over the roof of the IRS and right in my own personal face.

    My Rule #1 for avoiding terrorist bombing: DON’T GO TO WORK EARLY. My co-workers, arriving after me, were turned away at the parking structure before anybody went upstairs to empty the building. (Sadly, it would’ve been good advice for people working at the WTC, too.)

    BTW, the IRS bomber reportedly first got angry at the agency over delays in getting a tax refund (he wasn’t even disputing the amount he had to pay!!!!) and the rudeness of the bureaucrats he dealt with. He later successfully set off a bomb at an IRS office in Central California; nobody was killed because it was too early in the morning for anybody to be in the office. And he was found becuase the CSIs who reconstructed his bad detonator found parts made by the electronics manufacturer that he worked for.

    If I can’t seem to get as terrorized of terrorist bombs as most Americans, it’s at least partly because of this experience – knowing my continued existance is thanks to an incompetent terrorist.

    But still, when the L.A. Bomb Squad detonated the suspicious package outside the Jack in the Box, I wonder if they destroyed any ciabattas.

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