BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) — The bomb squad blew up a briefcase containing a movie script Thursday morning after it was deemed suspicious, giving its persistent writer the ultimate rejection.

Beverly Hills police say an ambitious screenwriter visited the office of a literary agent at 468 Camden Drive Thursday morning. He left the briefcase, which contained the script on a computer, with instructions for it to be delivered to the agent. The agent said he didn’t ask for it nor did he want the script and asked a security guard to take it away, officials said.

The guard then took the case to an alley behind the office building and called police, officials said. Police brought in the bomb squad and evacuated area businesses, including boutiques on posh Rodeo Drive.

A bomb squad robot later blew up the briefcase and the computer containing the screenplay, police said.

The bomb squad determined the briefcase was harmless and contained no explosives.

Beverly Hills police detained the screenwriter suspected of leaving the briefcase and questioned him. His name was not released.

Perhaps now he has a story for a new, more desirable script.

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Comments (14)
  1. Joe says:

    Another show of American cowardess. Again, if just one question was asked the drama never would have unfolded. It’s funny that every time there is a suspicious package in this country and the bomb squad or some other expensive organization shows up or is called, it’s always nothing. And then the statement “Thankfully we have someone to protect us” is uttered. Protect us from what? A copy of a manuscript? I guess that is pretty scary. Maybe next time the police should try asking at least one question before they waste tax payer money? Or maybe two questions? Fools. Remember this? THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF. In this day and age we are afraid of fear and ourselves.

    1. Donna Martin Graduates! says:

      FYI cowardice is not female… (‘ess’ suffix)

    2. Den says:

      Nice going B.H.P.D. You are one paranoid police department.

  2. dvwdfv says:

    You can’t make this stuff up. It’s pure gold. Kisses from SoCal.

  3. VokMan Rishad says:

    lol, Cops are such idiots. People taking this terrorist nonsense WAY too seriously.

    1. comic_guy says:

      Yeah, that’s what morons like you said prior to 9/11. Wake up!! Terrorism is a reality, caused by your people “Rishad”.

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  4. Astonished says:

    Does this mean the script was a real “bomb”?

    Sorry, couldn’t help myself!

  5. Angela V says:

    I’m sure this headline will become fodder for Late Night TV!

  6. Migrane boi says:

    Lol! Can’t wait to watch jay leno and what he thinks about this.
    Another waste of tax payers $$.

  7. Dripable says:

    Your unquestionably right with this piece.

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