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Bomb Squad Vehicles Spotted in Altadena?

An Altadena resident shared that she saw four bomb squad vehicles with sirens and lights flashing in Altadena Tuesday morning. Did you see the vehicles?

A woman who lives in Altadena shared in the local President Streets Yahoo group Tuesday that she saw four bomb squad vehicles headed south on Altadena Drive with sirens and lights flashing.

The woman, named Maria, claimed she saw three cars and one truck that all had “Bomb Squad” clearly written on the doors and the vehicles passed her at Berendo Street and Altadena Drive at about 9 a.m.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officer Tafoya told Patch at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday that no reports of bomb threats in Altadena had been reported.

"We'd be the first to know," Tafoya said.

Tafoya speculated that since the bomb squad vehicles were headed south on Altadena Drive they may be assisting with a bomb threat happening in Downtown Los Angeles.

Did you see bomb squad vehicles in Altadena Tuesday? Did you see where they went?

Lorraine Pozniak December 18, 2012 at 06:10 PM
If the Sheriff's Dept. didn't know anything about it, maybe it was for a movie or TV show being filmed in the area...
Greg Lozano-Buhl December 18, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I also saw a white utility truck with police lights as I drove into work this morning. At a glance it looked like search and rescue, but it was too far away for me to tell exactly what it was. I was heading south on Altadena Dr, and it was parked on Coolidge near the intersection of Berrendo with its lights turned on. There was another dark navy blue police car parked behind it.
Mitzi Shpak December 18, 2012 at 06:17 PM
LAPD Bomb Squad Investigating Threat At Wilshire Boulevard Temple http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/12/18/bomb-squad-investigating-threat-at-wilshire-boulevard-temple/
Lorraine Pozniak December 18, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Maybe it's some hush-hush ATF-DEA-FBI-USCIS sweep that the Sheriff's Dept. wasn't kept in the loop about.
Eric Badros December 18, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I was driving south on Casitas, around Harriet and I saw four police cars pulling up, it looked like to the southeast corner, but I couldn't be sure it was Harriet. I have no idea what it was about, but I didn't see a bomb squad car.
Julie Hayes December 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
At approximately 8:30am I saw the 4 black cars you speak about with all of their lights & sirens on at the Washington intersection & they were going up Altadena Drive toward Eaton Canyon very fast. I would love to get to the bottom of this story since I live in the area. If anyone else has news please share it.
Scott F. December 18, 2012 at 09:14 PM
They were part of a team executing a search warrant. The warrant was served at about 6:45a.m. at a house in the 1800 block of Coolidge Ave. The bomb squad arrived at about 8:30a.m. and, at last report, was still there at 10:30a.m. There was not any great deal of urgency about the situation and the police did not contact any neighbors. Of interest, it was an LAPD operation and not LASD.
Lorraine Pozniak December 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I figured that LASD got left out of the loop on this one. They had no idea what was going on. I think that's bad procedure and that LASD should always be kept in the loop, so that they can tell people what's going on, if they should be asked about it.
Jessica Hamlin December 19, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Thank you for weighing in, Scott! Since the LA County Sheriff's Department told me this morning and this evening that nothing of that nature was reported, even when I mentioned the Coolidge area, I was wondering where you got your information. Feel free to email me at jessica.hamlin@patch.com. Thank you!
Dickinson December 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Captain Benedict addressed this question at the Altadena Town Council last night.
Marge Nichols December 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Capt. Benedict responded to a question about the incident, reporting that the lights/sirens business was because the LAPD units were alerted to an emergent situation in Los Angeles and set off to deal with that.

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