UPDATED, 4:12 PM: “There is no bomb threat at Hollywood & Highland,” LAPD officials tell Deadline. The package that was in the vehicle near the Oscar site that the bomb squad was investigating has been designated a Code 4 — which means it is a nondangerous package. Law enforcement officials tell Deadline that the situation is over and the widened area road closures will be reopening soon. Hollywood and Highland will be closed for Sunday’s Oscars as will over at Hollwood and Le Brea and several surrounding streets. (We apologize for the headline “Now Bomb Threat…” that was up momentarily earlier. It was an unfortunate typo in a fast-moving situation.)
PREVIOUS, 4:08 PM: The LAPD bomb squad is on the scene near the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland after a man pulled over for reckless driving told police he had explosives in the car. “Right now the bomb squad is inspecting the vehicle,” Officer Abraham Nesheiwat told Deadline. He said the squad’s robot is going over the car, a black VW Jetta.
The intersections of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue and Highland and Franklin Avenue had been closed when the incident occurred and Officer Nesheiwat said there are a few new closures tied to the investigation. The incident began around 11 AM when the erratic driver was stopped. A water cannon was used to open the car before the LAPD robot was sent in, with the loud sound of the cannon causing more than a few people in the tourist heavy neighborhood to jump.