Bomb scare near Oscars venue turns out to be false alarm

The LAPD's bomb squad was called after a 'reckless driver' was spotted brandishing a propane canister near the Dolby Theatre

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The Independent US

Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad was called on Thursday after a bomb scare, which later turned out to be false, was triggered just a block away from where the Oscars will be held this weekend.

Roads and storefronts around the Dolby Theatre were cordoned off and controlled detonations had to be carried out, after reports were made aware of a man brandishing a propane tank and driving “recklessly” in the area.

After being stopped by police, the man was reported to have indicated to officers that he may have had explosive devices in the back of his vehicle. He was arrested and detained until bomb disposal technicians could investigate the area.

A number of items were detonated by the bomb disposal technicians as a precaution but the LAPD confirmed that no explosives were found in the area.

According to witnesses, Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, just a mile from where Lady Gaga and Neil Patrick Harris were rehearsing ahead of this Sunday’s 87th annual Academy Awards, were closed for over five hours