Amanda Bynes, the troubled former actress who has been wreaking havoc on NYC and the surrounding area for the past few months, has made her way back home to LA and was apprehended by police last night after she reportedly started a “small campfire” in the driveway of a stranger’s home. As I understand it, Amanda had a bizzy and very odd night last night. First she was caught trespassing on the property of a retirement home in Thousand Oaks, CA then she was found next to a burning fire that she supposedly set in the driveway of someone’s home. Police questioned her and determined that she needed to be hospitalized under the 5150 psychiatric hold for the next 72 hours for evaluation. Looking back at the odd behavior she has exhibited in the past year, this development is not at all very shocking to anyone, I don’t think.
Amanda Bynes is currently hospitalized on a 5150 hold … after starting a small fire in the driveway of some random person’s house Monday night, TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us, the fire department responded to the home in Thousand Oaks, CA around 9pm — near where Amanda was just accused of trespassing — after someone noticed the small blaze in the driveway. The sheriff’s department was subsequently called when Amanda was found standing near the campfire. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they questioned Amanda about what she was doing, and why she was doing it — and based on her answers, they determined she needed to be hospitalized on a 5150 hold. Translation: her answers were really wacky. A 5150 hold is an involuntary hospitalization for mental evaluation. Amanda can only be held for 72 hours though … TMZ just spoke to the woman whose driveway Amanda built the fire on, and she tells us, she had no idea what was going on until cops knocked on her front door. She says cops asked her, “Do you know anyone by the name of Amanda Bynes, or why she would have some vendetta against you?” She said no … not surprising because the woman is elderly. Cops then described to her that there was a young lady in her driveway, who had lit a fire and was carrying a “little red gas tank.” The homeowner says cops told her Amanda had burned part of her clothing.
Hmmm … now this behavior is disturbing. Setting a fire like this randomly on someone’s home is clearly more serious than the silly, odd behavior that Amanda has exhibited in the past few months in NYC. I have to admit, I still have my suspicions about the cause of this behavior but even I have to admit that when a person starts playing with fire in this way (whether intentional or not), they are in serious need of help. For the next 72ish hours, Amanda will be evaluated by psychiatric doctors and then will be released … possibly into the care of her family but, more likely, she will be released on her own if it is determined that she is mentally fit. We’ll have to wait and see what happens but for now, Amanda is in the care of medical professionals … hopefully getting the help she desperately needs.
UPDATE: TMZ has just provided a bit more information about this dangerous incident that landed Amanda Bynes in the psychiatric hospital:
Amanda Bynes didn’t just build a fire in a driveway Monday night … she put a flaming cloth on top of a gas tank … effectively creating a makeshift explosive — this according to an eyewitness 911 call. The caller describes it as a small fire — a flaming cloth sitting on top of a gas tank in a residential driveway. He says the reason he called 911 is because of the gas tank … i.e. the obvious possibility of a massive explosion. The caller says he couldn’t tell if the gas tank was full or not. Thankfully, the gas tank did NOT explode — but as we reported, the fire department rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire … and sheriff’s deputies placed Bynes on a 5150 psychiatric hold.