KOREATOWN (CBS) — An arson and explosives unit was sent to check out of a suspicious backpack on a bus in Koreatown Saturday evening.

The bus, then located at Vermont Ave and Wilshire Boulevard, was evacuated as a precaution, as was an apartment building across from the bus, according to officials.

About 60-70 law enforcement agents in all participated in the operation.

Reporting for KCAL9 and CBS2, Kara Finnstrom reported that a passenger got on the bus in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. and raised suspicion with the driver.

Finnstrom spoke with Deputy Sheriff Christopher Landavazo who said the passenger had a strange looking backpack and that he also said “some cryptic things to the bus driver and … that prompted our response.”

Landavazo says it’s now “business back to usual.”

The man with the backpack is under arrest and the incident is being investigated further.

Finnstrom reports the package was not a bomb or an explosive. The package was detonated.

Comments (8)
  1. Pete Allman says:

    “Finnstrom reports the package was not a bomb or an explosive. The package was detonated.”

    Uh, what? Then how was it detonated exactly?

    1. Timothy McGarry says:

      They shot it with microwaves until his burrito exploded.

  2. Glitch says:

    That cop looks a little like Oscar De La Hoya

  3. jk says:

    Paranoid bus driver causes man to be arrested and his belongings blown up, film at 11.

  4. paul ford says:

    the muslim arrested was just “pushing” as usual to see how far he could go. testing the waters as one would say. these muslims should ALL be rounded up and nuked.!

    1. don says:

      Paul you are a bonafide idiot…people like you should be nuked


    the terrorist/republicans caused a global schizophernia!!!!

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