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Bomb squad robot fires 'disruptor' round at suspicious device

March 6, 2012 | 10:39 pm

Area where suspicious device was found.
A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad robot fired a "disruptor" round Tuesday night at a suspicious device in Encino to determine whether it was explosive.

But the device did not detonate and was deemed not to be explosive, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Earlier, people were evacuated from businesses and homes in an area bounded roughly by Lindsey Avenue on the west, Newcastle Avenue on the east, Ventura Boulevard on the north and Tarzana Street on the south.

Officers at the scene late Tuesday were planning to allow people back into the area, the LAPD said.

A message was found near the device with a "specific threat" to a person, Officer Karen Rayner said. She said there was no estimate on how many people were evacuated.

For details on recent crimes reported in Encino, see The Times' Mapping L.A. database.

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--Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)
Map shows area where suspicious device was found. Credit: Times' Mapping L.A.

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