Saturday, April 7, 2012

South Bay Galleria mall in Los Angeles Evacuated after off-duty Marines 'took truck loaded with explosives' to Mall

Military officials on Friday were trying to determine why two off-duty Marines left their desert base with 10 explosive training devices in their truck and went to a Los Angeles-area shopping mall, causing three large stores to be evacuated.

The South Bay Galleria was evacuated on Thursday night after Marine Corps officials called police to report that two Marines were driving a pickup truck and had explosives, Redondo Beach police said.

The Marines, identified as Pvt Thomas Bazer, 20, and Lance Cpl Devin Gajewski, 22, acknowledged having the explosives, authorities said.

They were in military custody on Friday.

A Marine who knew the two had left the base with the explosives told his chain of command, said Marine Capt Nick Mannweiler. Read More