UPDATE: Firefighters and crisis negotiators have given up trying to lure an individual down from scaffolding in front of the site of the 2020 Academy Awards.
A decision was made at 2 AM to make a tactical withdrawal when it was clear the man on the scaffold has no intentions of climbing down. Attempts to bring him to earth without force for over nine hours were unavailing.
LAFD packed up all equipment and cleared the incident, reopening Hollywood Blvd. The man remains on top of the scaffold. The 2020 Academy Awards are February 9, when, presumably, the hungry and thirsty man will have made a move down.
Los Angeles Fire Department said it “deployed aerial ladders, ground ladders, and a rescue air cushion in an attempt to bring the patient down safely” fro the Hollywood & Highland complex. See some LAFD video from the scene below.
As of 7:50, the LAFD was still on the scene, with several ladders up and two air rescue cushions deployed.
The incident first was reported at about 4:30 p.m., and the street closure is causing a Friday night rush-hour nightmare for commuters. Metro reports that Red Line trains are bypassing the Hollywood/Highland Station.
The same stretch of Hollywood Boulevard will be closed starting at 3 a.m. Sunday ahead of the 92 annual Academy Awards next weekend at the Dolby Theatre. The area will shut down until 6 a.m. Wednesday, February 12. See a map of all the Oscars-related street closures below.
Los Angeles Police also are on the scene, and public information officer Erik Scott is advising people to steer clear of the area: