June 30, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Explosion Triggers False Bomb Scare in Santa Monica:

Residents in a neighborhood not far from Downtown Santa Monica were rocked out of bed at 6:45 a.m. on April 7 by the sound of an explosion. Shortly thereafter, Santa Monica Police evacuated everyone within four blocks of where the blast erupted. It just so happens that this site was next to the Chabad House Lubavitch of Santa Monica, a Jewish place of worship located at 1428 17th Street.

What followed was a media frenzy of misinformation from coast to coast as reports ran rampant that a Jewish temple had been the target of a bomb. Sources as prominent as the LA Times, CNN, and NBC declared that a hate crime had been perpetrated. Even the local media outlets were on the bandwagon. Despite a flurry of media reports to the contrary, no bombs or evidence of a bomb was found.

“It was not a result of a pipe bomb or anything like that, it was a mechanical failure – we’re trying to determine what exactly that mechanical failure was – but it was not a deliberate or incendiary device,” Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Trisler told the Mirror that morning.

Authorities believe that some sort of underground mechanical object built up pressure until it exploded. Reports on the scene indicate that this explosion launched a large steel pipe, rooted in concrete, through the walls of a two-story building and caused it to fly flew 25 feet into the air before crashing through the roof of a residence.

Eyewitnesses reported that the Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad, along with the FBI, assisted the Santa Monica Police Department at the crime scene. As of press time, authorities were still uncertain of the cause of the explosion, although it was described as a “freak industrial accident” by a Santa Monica Fire Department official.

Nonetheless, as a precaution, police evacuated the neighborhood surrounding the scene, which spanned from 15th Street to 18th Street on the west and east, and from Santa Monica Boulevard on the north and Colorado Avenue on the south. A space for evacuees was set up at the Police Activities League gymnasium on the corner of 14th Street and Olympic Boulevard as authorities continued their investigation and secured the area. The American Red Cross of Santa Monica provided canteen services (refreshments) at the site.

At the time of this post, no injuries were reported, but details were still emerging. Check back to smmirror.com for more updates.

in News
Related Posts

Central Coast Brewery Makes Westside Acquisitions

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Figueroa Mountain Brewing acquires Broxton Brewery, The Stalking Horse and more. Staff, current beer taps to remain on board at...

Mexican Restaurant Possibly Expanding Into Former Swingers Space

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Bar Hermanito applies for an alcohol exemption sales permit for space at 802 Broadway in Santa Monica By Dolores Quintana...

Six Family-Fun Westside Fourth of July Events

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Fireworks, parades, runs and more taking place across the Westside  By Ashley Sloan  Pacific Palisades  The Pacific Palisades will be...

California Credit Union Awards Grant to Santa Monica Teacher

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Building electric circuit friendship detectors and applying engineering principles to solve real world problems are Westside school projects receiving funding...

Santa Monica’s Building Bridges Art Exchange Presents: J.J. Martin’s “Role Models”

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

A traveling exhibit in partnership with Indianilla Cultural Center, Mexico City and Real de Catorce Cultural Center, Real de Catorce,...

Santa Monica City Council Approves New Rules to Streamline Meetings

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

Pilot program will run through end of year By Dolores Quintana At the Santa Monica City Council meeting on June...

Banning Construction of New Gas Stations in Los Angeles?

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

Motion from LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz calls for banning the building of any new gas pumping facilities By Sam...

Child Of Elon Musk Receives Approval For Name And Gender Change: Santa Monica Beat – June 27th, 2022

June 27, 2022

June 27, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Child Of Elon Musk Receives Approval For Name And Gender Change * Smash...

Pico Boulevard Affordable Housing Project Tops Out

June 27, 2022

June 27, 2022

Brunson Terrance coming to 1819 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica By Dolores Quintana Community Corp. of Santa Monica has completed...

The Los Angeles Real Estate Market May Finally Be Slowing Down

June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

Real estate sales drop 21 percent in past year By Dolores Quintana The Los Angeles real estate market is showing...

Redevelopment Complete of Former Westside Pavilion Macy’s

June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

Developer announces complete of West End at Pico and Overland Developer HLW, on behalf of GPI Companies and in partnership...

Mayor Himmelrich’s Tax Transfer Measure Is Favored to Qualify for the November Election

June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

In a cursory review, the City Clerk’s office verified 10,277 of the over 11,000 signatures  By Dolores Quintana Santa Monica...

Active Shooter Training Set for Santa Monica Middle School Friday

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Drill to take place at John Adams Middle School Friday morning By Sam Catanzaro ​​An active shooter training will take...

Metro Church and Cafe Fundraising To Keep Space in Santa Monica

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Non-profit church and coffee shop shut down following false vermin complaint By Dolores Quintana Metropolis Santa Monica is a multi-use...