L.A. Firefighters Support Extended Police Investigation in Palms

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 |

PALMS - On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:53 AM the Los Angeles Fire Department was called to assist the Los Angeles Police Department with their investigation of explosive devices in the 3800 block of South Overland Avenue, near Culver City.

The overnight arrest of a suspect by the LAPD generated a multi agency response when several homemade explosive devices were discovered in a 4 story apartment building. Evacuation of that building and several others nearby established a safety perimeter, as LAFD personnel coordinated the calm and orderly evacuation of hundreds, including a terminally ill resident taken to the safe refuge of an area hospital by LAFD ambulance.

Over 100 LAFD members under the command of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas were committed to the incident for nearly 12 hours. The LAPD Bomb Squad carefully extracted devices from the building and rendered them safe. A telephone information line was established for displaced residents, as well as a shelter at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The joint agency response included the Culver City Police and Fire Departments, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the American Red Cross.

No injuries were reported. At 8:30 PM residents were allowed to return to their homes.
Dispatched Units: AR9 AR11 AR23 AR7 E43 RA43 BC18 DC2 DC1 EM18 BC1 BC5 UR27 SQ21 T27 E227 E27 E21 T21 E221 RA27 RA827 E94 E62 RA62 E58 RA58 E263 T63 EM9 EM13 HL2 HL3 HL6 CP3 EM9 RA59 T37 E237 E26 RT59 AR17 E29 BC5
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

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