Late-Night Explosive Scare Forces Evacuation of About 100 People

Officials recovered a rifle and a potentially explosive device in the vehicle of a man they detained late Monday night

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    Approximately 100 people were evacuated as a precaution in a Paramount neighborhood after officials found a potentially explosive device on Monday, June 9, 2014.

    The discovery of a potentially explosive device forced the evacuation of about 100 people in Paramount late Monday night.

    Deputies detained a man that was described as "possibly mentally ill" on the 7200 block of Richfield Street around 11:15 p.m. after receiving calls that a man was driving up and down the street with a rifle. Officials recovered a rifle and potentially explosive device in the van, according to Lakewood Sheriff’s Department Lt. Eric Lindblom.

    As a precaution, officials evacuated several apartment complexes on Richfield Street an Exeter Street while bomb disposal experts worked to disarm the potentially explosive device.

    The device was rendered safe around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officials did not find any additional potential explosive devices in the residence of the man who was detained.

    NBC4's Toni Guinyard and Oleevia Woo contributed to this report.

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