By: Savannah Smith | 09-29-2017 | News
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Military Ordnance Found in Lawndale Home; Neighborhood Evacuated

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Authorities found a 15 to 30 military ordnance at a Lawndale neighborhood after deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle call late Thursday. The neighborhood had to be evacuated as a result of the discovery.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that the call came in about 11 p.m. for the vehicle in the 14700 block of Avis Avenue. The vehicle had been parked in front of a home for several hours running with two occupants inside.

The deputies questioned the man and woman inside the vehicle and had to conduct a parole check when the man informed them that he was on parole. A firearm was found inside the vehicle and so the two had to be detained. The man volunteered the information that there were more firearms inside the home.

It is then when the deputies checked the perimeter that they encountered what looks to be ordnance. They also discovered a cache of explosives in the backyard of the residence.

The Sheriff Department also said that they started to evacuate the neighborhood while waiting for the bomb squad to arrive. Around 75 to 100 residents were affected by the evacuation. It lasted until the afternoon and technicians only cleared the property around 2 p.m. Residents were then allowed to return to their homes.

Most of the devices found were at least inert, and were transported to another location where it would be safe to dispose it.

The investigators also discovered in the home a case of military grade ammunition, which had to go through X-ray to determine if it could be removed. An arson detail team worked for the day to remove said explosives from the neighborhood for their safety.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Explosives found inside <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SLA</a> home. This is an active situation, please avoid area 14700 blk Avis Av, <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Lawndale</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LASD</a> <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; LASD South LA (@SouthLALASD) <a href="">September 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Arson/Explosive Bomb techs prep for X-ray of military ordinance devices found in bkyard shed <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WWII</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LASD</a> 14700 blk Avis <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Lawndale</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; LA County Sheriff&#39;s (@LASDHQ) <a href="">September 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

The Sheriff’s office said there appear to be transients staying in the home but officials ordered for the place to be evacuated.

It is not clear how the military ordnance came to be in the place.

The man in the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of possessing a loaded firearm and was brought to the sheriff’s South L.A. Station for booking. His woman companion was also detained, although there were no charges against her yet. The authorities have not released their identities yet.

The Sheriff Department is still requesting the public’s help in providing any helpful information on the incident and is asked to call at 323-881-7500. Those who remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.


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Anonymous No. 8936 2017-09-30 : 13:31

From the pic it's obvious that many pieces are inert. Inert ordnance is not dangerous or illegal and can be bought thru many websites. The cach of real explosives is different but they never say what it was and it does not sound like they were charged for explosives just the gun? A few of those inert pieces are rare and collectible and now destroyed.

Anonymous No. 8939 2017-09-30 : 14:24

Democrats at it again with "Revolution"

Anonymous No. 8974 2017-10-01 : 10:32

Like was said above …. IF the picture is of the actual collection found.

What I see mainly are old rusty ww2-Viet era demo, practice or spent rounds and some Co2 cartridges.

Note: The WW2 pineapple Grenade has no bottom, it is just a Paper weight novelty that can be purchased for under $10.

BTW: Using the loose terminology applied. Our family owns likely 1000's of rounds of military grade (milspec) ammunition , (223, 45, 5.56, and 9m.

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