Cleanup Crews Find Grenade in Homeless Encampment in Sepulveda Basin


bomb squad called out to help dispose of a grenade found in homeless camp

City crews working to clear a homeless encampment in the Sepulveda basin ahead of fire season had to call in the bomb squad after a grenade was discovered there.

Cleanup crews are using dump trucks and bulldozers to help clear out the homeless encampment in the same area where a 6-acre fire broke out last week, torching several impromptu camps where more than 300 homeless people live. The fire could be seen burning the homeless encampment down with a half-dozen propane tanks exploding, hampering firefighter's efforts. L.A. Family Housing's Eric Montoya told KFI's Andrew Mollenbeck that it can be challenging to find places for the people to go.

"What we're out here doing is trying to provide services, trying to see if they'll go indoors," said Montoya. "We have some beds set aside at our interim housing location in North Hollywood."

The camp ranges in size from 300 to 400 people, Montoya added.


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