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Police detonate explosives, seize machine guns in Mar Vista [Updated]

Los Angeles police were in Mar Vista on Thursday night detonating explosives that were uncovered, along with dozens of firearms, in a house that had been raided by gang and narcotics officers, according to authorities.

The undercover operation, which had been ongoing for several weeks, culminated when officers served a search warrant Thursday morning on a home in the 12700 block of Woodgreen Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said.LAPD scene

More than 100 firearms -- including about 20 machine guns -- and a number of explosive devices were found at the home in a quiet tree-lined neighborhood just south of Palms Avenue, the LAPD said.

At the home, officers arrested Brian David Cochran on suspicion of possessing machine guns, said Officer April Harding.

[Updated: 9:45 p.m.: Cochran, 63, was released on $45,000 bail and is scheduled to appear for a court hearing Feb. 25, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.]

Police cars, fire trucks and ambulances were parked nearby as an LAPD bomb squad continued to detonate the explosives Thursday evening, according to residents. 

Resident James Pruden said he could hear officers shouting, "Fire in the hole!"

"They're not big explosions," he said. "Still, they're unnerving."

-- Robert J. Lopez

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Wow! We saw the helicopters hovering, but saw nothing on the news at that hour.

M.V. Hill is definitely one of the safest areas in L.A. You can walk at night and hear a pin drop! The streets and houses are all well kept. I've never felt anything but safe on that or the surrounding streets.


Just goes to show we need more strict gun laws. Oh wait, machine guns and explosives are already illegal. I'm surprised that didn't stop this guy. Maybe people like him just don't care about laws in general, and do what they want, regardless of consequence, unlike a good citizen.

Wow, why on earth would someone have 20 machine guns in their home. Glad they caught him on time.

hey dummies...you spelled "seize" wrong.

Its been against the law for a private citizen to possess a machine gun since before 1940. Interestingly, the law that outlawed automatic weapons possession by US citizens was modeled very closely on Hitler's anti-gun laws. Does that make it easier for you to sleep at night? Sorry. As another person noted, criminals don't pay much attention to anti-gun laws (or any others as it suits them) if they think that using a gun will get them what they want. Hardly makes any sense to disarm the law-abiding types just because the scofflaws don't pay any attention to them.

$45,000 seems a tad low for someone with machine guns and explosive devices.


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