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05 February 2010 @ 02:22 am
Bomb Scare at the Hive  
I've worked in the entertainment business in a variety of capacities (radio on-air personality; music director; social media/promotion manager for a musician/actor), so I've seen a few things. I've been stalked, threatened, freaked out, had to call in extra security for my client... but this is my first bomb scare.

Tonight a bunch of friends and I were at the Hive, 30 Seconds to Mars' marketing and promotion headquarters in Los Angeles (located on Melrose Ave). The band was going to show a preview of their documentary Artifact, which is about the making of their latest album This Is War. There was a huge turnout and as there could only be about 100 people in the Hive at a time, they decided to do 2 showings. My friends and I decided to wait for the 2nd showing and moved back in the line. The first group went in and we were then much closer to the door, just hanging out and talking.

I first noticed something odd was going on when a car started honking repeatedly on the street. A car had stopped, double parked, right in front of the Hive and the car behind that one was honking like mad. The guy who had double parked got out of his car, put a big box that appeared to be wrapped like a gift on top of his roof for a moment. I still really wasn't thinking much, but then he threw a bunch of money in the air and stormed up to the closed door of the Hive. *blinks* A bunch of people in the line ran into the street to grab the money (I was not one of them, but I was close enough to the people to see that yes, it was REAL money, $20 bills - probably at least $200), and while that was happening, people by the door told him he couldn't go in. He pounded on the door and then went in anyway.

If you haven't seen the video that someone took, I'm sure you can find the link yourself. What happened was this: the guy pushed through the chairs, got right in front of Jared and threw the box at his feet. He then started to yell at Jared. Jared took hold of the guy and pulled him into the back of the Hive; Tomo helped. Someone picked up the box and took it in the back, too. They put the guy out the back door and called the police. They kept people calm and managed to show the group the 20-minute preview, but eventually the police did show up.

Those of us still on the street watched as Jon and Bryan (employees of the band) explained what had happened to the police, and then about 10 minutes later, we were told by the officers that we'd all have to go at least 4 blocks away while the bomb squad was called in. We all went down to Starbucks - LOL! - and stayed there until they had to close, then we went back down the street.

TMZ showed up - I did talk to them. I have no idea if I'll end up on camera anywhere, and as much as I detest paparazzi and gossip - I would rather have the truth be told than nonsense or anything else. Although to be completely honest - I didn't KNOW the guy was from TMZ until after he was done filming. Blech.

Finally they let everyone go back, and we walked down to the Hive again (all our cars were near there anyway!). A few minutes later, Jared opened the door and talked to us for a few minutes. He apologized for what happened - like it was his fault?! - and said that the guy was a disturbed individual who wanted to talk to him for SOME reason, and that he hoped the man would now be getting the help he needs. He thanked us for waiting and said they would do another showing tomorrow (Friday) night, and he hoped we'd come back if we could. Then he said goodnight, they locked up the Hive and we headed out.

Some questions that I've seen asked:

Was this just a publicity stunt?

Valid question, but as someone who saw this man and the beginning of what went down... no. Absolutely, positively no way.

Why didn't anyone stop him before he got that close to Jared and Tomo?

It just happened too quickly. Those of us outside didn't realize something TRULY weird was going on until the money went flying and he charged the door. Then, what people on the inside told me is that at first, they DID think this was part of the presentation or something. It wasn't until the guy started yelling that people realized it was NOT some sort of stunt.

Why doesn't the Hive have better security?

Honestly? Because it's never been necessary. The Hive is in a storefront that's open to the public so that people can... come in. Learn about the band, have fun, do promo. Now, the band isn't actually AT the Hive very often, but even at other events where they have been there, things have been fine, everything has gone smoothly and there haven't been issues like this. Will things change because of this incident? I don't know yet, and I doubt anyone else does, either.

What was in the box?

Now that I don't know! Although supposedly people are reporting that it was a blender and candy. *shakes head* All I know is that it was NOT a bomb. The dogs and officers cleared that much up.

Obviously, the important thing is that no one was hurt. I will be going back tomorrow night, because I want to see what I missed! And I sincerely hope that tomorrow's event will be less... eventful. I think I've had my fill of scary!excitement for quite some time, thanks...
I feel: shockedshocked
a. ♫ we'll never fade away: 30 +hold onhxcfairy on February 5th, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
Guy sounds like a complete loony bin! I seen the video and ugh D: I'm still freaked out by it all, imagine what would have happened if that was an actual bomb or something?! *shudders* *hugs you* I'm glad everyone is okay ♥
tarynmercury on February 5th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the report!
food and drink and: Fall art ; cansonhandshakedrugs on February 5th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for clearing this up. :) I was actually waiting for you to post. I'm very thankful that no one was hurt. <3
Erica.: Tomo KandQlady_e2484 on February 5th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
Weird stuff hun, that guy sounds like he was totally BATSHIT crazy!!! So glad everyone was okay and it was just a false alarm.

Thanks for the true account bb and clearing uo all the shizz thats floating around ;)
₪ ø lll ·o. s u r r e a l i s m: Leto // oldschool hotinebriator on February 5th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
according to TMZ there was a blender and some candy in the box O_o

piperkipiperki on February 5th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)

I see him over there on TMZ but it's some remarkably restrained reporting, considering it's TMZ. I'm glad Blender Man didn't go all medieval on the lot of you.
Smylesmyleeeee on February 5th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Good to know everyone's okey... what a fright.
Thanks for the info, hon!
get me a paid account, nao.: mars ~ Jared hat-flannel-shadespurplejellybeen on February 5th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
ohh thank you so much for answering the publicity stunt question, I've been wondering that.
Scary stuff.
merel_mars: J shoesmerel_mars on February 5th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting,
it certainly cleared some things up.
I still cant believe it happend,
its seems surreal.
la-rocknrollalarocknrolla on February 5th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
i had come home from my university and the first thing that i read on twitter was this story. really terrifying..it's great that no one was hurt.and i just don't want to think what if there was a real bomb..
- LeecH -: jarasasia_syndrome on February 5th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
After watching the clip, you can tell the whole thing definitely wasn't planned before. OMFG... what a crazy guy.
I'm sooo glad nobody got hurt!
seria28 on February 5th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
I was there, inside. The guy didn't push through chairs at all. Just wanted to clear that up.
Vicki: 30STM - Guitarhermorrine on February 5th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks - it wasn't made clear to me if there was an aisle between the chairs or not. So do I know you? lol
Alone in this crowded room: WTFannearchy on February 5th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Good effing grief. I'm glad everyone's okay. That guy sounds seriously disturbed. As someone who's in a couple of fandoms I've seen a few wacky obsessive things go down, but this one is the weirdest.
imationrain: made 4 me by hxcfairy =)imationrain on February 5th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
It was a pant filling few moments I was on Kyte when the news came it and people were posting pictures i was shaking cause at the time people were saying there was a fight that tomo and Bam chase the man it was mad
kleemoon: jared toquekleemoon on February 5th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Glad everyone's okay.
wild_orchid7wild_orchid7 on February 6th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
It’s so annoying and dangerous when idiots roam freely like that. Probably, the band should hire a couple security guys, just in a case.

Thank you for sharing your report.