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Fake pipe bomb found in Burbank neighborhood

An item resembling a pipe bomb was found in a Burbank neighborhood on Wednesday, prompting a response from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bomb disposal unit.
An item resembling a pipe bomb was found in a Burbank neighborhood on Wednesday, prompting a response from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bomb disposal unit.
(Burbank Leader)

Authorities responded to a Burbank neighborhood on Wednesday morning after receiving word that an item resembling a pipe bomb was left near an apartment building, leading to some evacuations, Burbank police said.

A nearby resident found what appeared to be four PVC pipes strapped together with exposed wiring in the 200 block of North Hollywood Way around 7:30 a.m. in a grass parkway, according to authorities.

Sgt. Derek Green, with the Burbank Police Department, said a bomb disposal unit was called from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to deal with the item.

Around 11:20 a.m. authorities announced the item was harmless and contained no explosives. Police added that the item resembled a prop used in either a television show or movie.

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Hollywood Way between Alameda Avenue and Oak Street was temporarily closed down in both directions during the incident.

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Green said it’s unknown who left the item behind, and its origins remain under investigation.

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Updates:
11:36 AM, Dec. 11, 2019: This article has been updated with information that the item was a fake pipe bomb.

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