Laguna Beach apartments evacuated after acid attack
Five residents of a Laguna Beach apartment building were evacuated Friday after someone threw a foul-smelling acid through the window of one unit, police said.
The attack with butyric acid, which is a product of fermentation and found in butter and cheese, occurred about 2:45 a.m. at 429 Cypress Drive. Police suspect that the target was a couple in their 20s.
Officers and paramedics who responded to the incident suffered irritation from the acid, which has a powerful, unpleasant smell.
Authorities declared the building off-limits until it could be cleaned. Police said a hazardous materials team was summoned, but it was unclear when the building would be habitable again.
The incident remains under investigation. Authorities said they found a message in black spray paint on a garage door that read, "Stalk someone else."
-- Dan Weikel