Manhattan Beach Studios Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat

Manhattan Beach Studios Evacuated Due Bomb

A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Manhattan Beach Studios Media Campus for over six hours on Tuesday in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The sprawling 25,000 sq.-ft. facility, formerly known as Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, Calif., was previously the home of Marvel Studios and was the filming location for such films as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and the upcoming “Avatar” sequels.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Martin told Variety law enforcement officials received a call at 9:56 a.m. of a bomb threat that was phoned into the busy film and TV production center, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of employees.

Martin said that all staffers were immediately escorted from the building safely and that bomb sniffing dogs were brought into the massive complex, in addition to police forces from LAX, Los Angeles port police, Inglewood and Beverly Hills divisions before police finished the search without harm at 4:32 p.m.

There is no word on where the bomb threat originated.

“We have not only the investigation going on here but our detectives are in the background looking at phone numbers and getting search warrants and all that kind of stuff,” Martin said, adding that the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing had officials on high alert.

The police department taped off the 1600 block of Rosecrans Avenue for a quarter of a mile in most directions before the search was over.

Martin said the police department’s next task was trying to figure out who did it.


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  1. WillOfThePeople says:

    Who cares. Pity it didn’t blow up.

  2. iambicpentamaster says:

    If you like your avatar, you can keep your avatar — period.

  3. Barb says:

    Suffered through the first avatar, won’t be suffering through another.

  4. Gene says:

    “Avatar” sequels” ~ ~ More anti-American, anti-military, liberal hate films. Oh boy.

  5. Smooth says:

    I guess that you had better leave the country since you’re so unhappy with the government. I suggest that you get out and find yourself a government that you like. Planes leaving every hour, see ya!

  6. anon says:

    “Avatar II : The Return to McDonalds Cash”

    The HUGE irony is that people going to see a story concerning ecology and nature being destroyed by blind industrial greed are actually supporting McDonalds, who are well documented for destroying the rainforest to create cheap meat.

    That’s what Avatar really supports financially, in reality: environmental abuse and personal greed under the guise of Eco-activism.


  7. AZ Dave says:

    A little mix up, what they said was one of their movies was going to bomb.

    • Beat Me Up says:

      I tried to watch the first Avatar film. Stupid. As soon as buddy there gets to Avatar, and meets that ugly bird girl; I was like: Why is that girl so angry? She was so angry and mean. I stopped watching the film then. People are not angry and mean all the time, but apparently environmentalists are…angry depiction.

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