Lawndale, California — Over 100 Lawndale residents were evacuated from their homes last night after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s (LASD) deputies discovered a large cache of what was reported as “military-grade weaponry and explosives,” which included mortars, grenades and artillery shells.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson/Explosives Detail of the Special Enforcement Bureau in a press release reported that LASD deputies were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a residence where they discovered “military-grade ordinance” in the backyard.
“On Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 11:00 P.M., South Los Angeles Station received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle at the14700 block of Avis Avenue, Lawndale.
When deputies arrived at the residence they discovered military ordinance in the backyard of the location and detained a male Hispanic. They began evacuation procedures in the surrounding area for the safety of the residents. Residents were transported via bus to Leuzinger High School cafeteria located at 4118 West Rosecrans Avenue, as a temporary shelter. The evacuated areas are one block east and one block west of Avis Avenue between 147th Street and 149th Street. Arson/Explosive Detail personnel responded to the location, assumed command of the tactical response, and are working to render the area safe.”
The LASD after discovering the explosives, began evacuating residents close to the vacant home and either milled about just past the police barriers or were bussed to the local Leuzinger High School’s cafeteria to await the all clear from the LASD bomb squad.
In an interview with local news channel CBS Los Angeles, sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Kimberly Alexander reported that “LASD deputies were first called to the neighborhood on the report of two suspicious people in a car. They found a man and a woman — possible squatters — at the home. The man, a parolee, said he got a gun from the home and told the deputies about the explosives in the backyard.”
15 to 20 pieces of ordnance, with some already rendered inert previous to its discovery are in the process of being removed from the home. The investigation is ongoing and as Lawndale residents began making their way back to their homes, LASD Arson/Explosives Detail of the Special Enforcement Bureau urged that anyone with information regarding this large cache of explosives come forward to assist them in their investigation.
This investigation is on-going and SOFREP will update as more information is made public.
LASD asks that anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson/Explosives Detail of the Special Enforcement Bureau, at (323) 881-7500. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app for FREE or “P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
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