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Lakewood Sheriff’s Issue Warning about Possible Large Plastic Bag Bombs

By Brian Hews

Officials with the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station issued a warning to residents in the area on Wednesday about an investigation that has been launched regarding large plastic bags that could be used as explosive devices.

Captain Merrill Landingham with the Lakewood Station told Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper in a phone interview that local residents have heard the sounds of explosions in the late night to early morning hours occurring in the city of Lakewood.

Landingham said that personnel from the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station continue to provide safety for the citizens and community we serve.  The Lakewood Sheriff’s Station also serves the city of Artesia, Bellflower and Hawaiian Gardens.

“Should anyone come across any suspicious objects (inflated balloons or plastic trash bags) please notify law enforcement immediately as the bag may be filled with a flammable gas.  Do not touch or disturb the object.  Call Lakewood Sheriff’s Station at 562-623-3500 to report any suspicious objects,” Landingham told the newspaper.

“We just want to take extra caution and want all of our residents to become aware about this situation,” Landingham said.

You can collaborate to prevent or report crime by contacting Lakewood Sheriff’s Station at (562) 623-3500 to report suspicious activity. Or if you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637,) or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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Please keep Lakewood safe and remember, “If you see something, say something.”