A bomb squad continued its painstaking task Friday of removing items of military ordnance — some of them “active” — found in the backyard of a Lawndale home, but an overnight evacuation of about 100 neighbors was finally lifted.
Deputies were sent about 11 p.m. Thursday to the 14700 block of Avis Avenue, near Prairie Avenue and the border with Hawthorne, said Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Authorities went to the area on a report that two people had been sitting in a parked vehicle in front of the residence for several hours. Deputies then questioned a man and woman who were in the vehicle.
“The man told deputies that he was on parole, and a parole compliance check was conducted,” according to the sheriff’s department. “A firearm was found in the vehicle and both suspects were detained.
The male suspect further told deputies that there were weapons in the residence at the location,” the statement said. “Deputies checked the perimeter of the residence and saw what appeared to be ordnances.”
Arson investigators summoned to the scene early Friday morning found between 15 and 30 items of military ordnance in the backyard, possibly dating back to World War II.
Neighbors were evacuated from the area as a precaution.
“Most of the devices were inert and transported out of the area to a location where they can be safely disposed,” sheriff’s officials said. “One case of military grade ammunition was of some concern and was X-rayed on site to determine if they can be safely removed from the location.
A check of the residence at the location for additional ordnances was postponed due to the hazardous conditions,” officials said. “The house appears to have been vacant and inhabited by transients.”
The man was arrested for allegedly being in possession of a loaded firearm, and was taken to the sheriff’s South Los Angeles Station for booking. His name was not immediately released. The woman was not arrested.
—City News Service