A remote controlled L.A. County Sheriffs Bomb Squad robot removes what appears to be a pipe bomb from a truck behind 620 Burger, at 620 W. Anaheim Street.
A remote controlled L.A. County Sheriffs Bomb Squad robot removes what appears to be a pipe bomb from a truck behind 620 Burger, at 620 W. Anaheim Street. The item was safely detonated by the L.A. County Sheriffs. (Stephen Carr / Staff Photographer)

LONG BEACH - Authorities responded to a possible bomb in Long Beach on Monday morning, forcing the evacuation of several residences and businesses.

Long Beach police pulled over a man driving erratically around 9:08 a.m. on Anaheim Street at Daisy Avenue, police officials said.

In the process of arresting the suspect, police searched the car and found a suspicious device in the vehicle that appeared to be a pipe bomb, said Lt. Eric Ledesma of the Long Beach Police Department.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bomb squad was called to the 620 Burger restaurant, formerly called Cisco Burger, at 620 W. Anaheim St. to look at the device and disarm it, Ledesma said.

A member of the L.A. County Sheriffs Bomb Squad inspects a truck after a remote controlled L.A. County Sheriff robot removed what appeared to be a pipe
A member of the L.A. County Sheriffs Bomb Squad inspects a truck after a remote controlled L.A. County Sheriff robot removed what appeared to be a pipe bomb from the truck, behind 620 Burger, at 620 W. Anaheim Street. The item was safely detonated by the L.A. County Sheriffs. (Stephen Carr / Staff Photographer)

An LBPD spokesperson later said an explosive device was detonated about 11a.m.

"We are looking at the vehicle right now to see if there are any other possible devices," Ledesma said a little after 11:10 a.m.

As a result of the explosion risk, about five or six businesses and a few residences were evacuated and Anaheim Street from Oregon to Magnolia avenues was closed to traffic, Ledesma said. Traffic was reopened around 12:30 p.m., he said.

"I was taking my clothes off and getting into bed when they got me out," said 10-year resident Desmon Mitchell.

Mitchell and his neighbors were sitting on lawn chairs outside of their apartment waiting to get back in.


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"They brought us out with whatever you were wearing," said one neighbor who declined to be named.

No one was hurt and no other devices were found, Ledesma said.

The driver was arrested on a warrant and for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics and possession of bomb-making material, police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said. He is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $300,000 bail.

No further information will be released on the driver because of the ongoing investigation, Pratt said.

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