LAKEWOOD (CBS/AP) — A bird strike has forced a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s patrol helicopter to make an emergency landing on Del Amo Boulevard, between Paramount Boulevard and Cherry Avenue.

Sunday evening’s landing shut down the busy street in Lakewood for up to three hours.

The sheriff’s department said the flight crew of Air-24 declared the emergency landing after hearing a loud noise from the aircraft.

The chopper touched down approximately 8:50 p.m.

Once they landed, the flight crew checked the helicopter and determined that the loud noise came from a bird striking the fuselage above the pilot canopy.

The crew flew the helicopter back to its base for repairs.

No injuries were reported.

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