The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Devonshire and Bomb Squad divisions responded to an incident where explosives were found Thursday evening, resulting in street closures on Reseda Boulevard between Lassen and Plummer streets. There were no injuries or arrests reported.
Traffic headed northbound from Plummer to Lassen was blocked by police officers from 3:30 p.m. until around 8 p.m. Caution tape was used to keep pedestrians about 100 yards away from Fire Station 70, where the explosives were brought, while police officers maintained an approximately two-block perimeter to block all traffic.
The explosives were found to be old pyrotechnics that belonged to a deceased relative of the woman who drove them to the fire station around 2 p.m., said Capt. Thomas Reyes of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Fire Station 70 was “attached” to the incident from that time until it ended, preventing personnel from responding to other calls, Reyes said.
At 7:05 p.m. an explosion was heard just after a voice yelled out, “fire in the hole.”
A second, louder explosion went off at 7:35 p.m., quickly followed by a dark cloud of smoke.
They were controlled blasts directed by the Bomb Squad, said Lonnie Tiano, watch commander at LAPD Devonshire.
Northridge residents Hacatar and Lusin Tasci found themselves stuck on the corner of Lassen and Reseda, unable to cross the street to get to Yolanda Avenue where they live.
“I want to go home,” Lusin Tasci said.
The shopping center on the corner of Plummer and Reseda was also blocked off by caution tape.
“I have heard everything from hazmat to bomb scare,” said Kevin Finkel, a Northridge resident who had been at the scene since the situation began and lives on Reseda just a couple of blocks south of the fire station.