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Amanda Bynes


On 5150 Hold

7/23/2013 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

8:35 AM PT
-- 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.

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 9 PM -- 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.

Britney Spears was famously taken in on a 5150 in 2008 during her pre-conservatorship period.

And just to give you an idea of what Amanda looked like yesterday, these photos were taken at Bloomingdales in Santa Monica just hours before the hospitalization ... around 5 PM.

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Finally through this fluke incident, Amanda Bynes has proven she is a danger to herself and others. Parking in a complete strangers driveway and setting fire to herself and potentially causing a major explosion certainly proves this. Lets all pray that with her confined to the psych ward she will act out enough there to show that she needs to stay in for a long while to get Amanda the proper help, her behavior has been quite unusual for a long while now and it is disappointing to see such a talented young actress decline while her actions get stranger and stranger. I hope everything turns out well for her and for her highest good. She does deserve the best in life, Amanda needs a second chance to get her life back. Rather than being a laughing stock.

403 days ago


She needs love from Jesus

403 days ago


Raise your hand if you didn't see this coming....


Yeah I thought so.

403 days ago


I see dead people.

403 days ago

Kristy Sheldon    

Our first clue that she was crazy was that she was shopping with no pants! Who does she think she is, Rihanna?

403 days ago


I like that old lady's hair. It looks like a hat I had once when I was a kid. It was part of my Friar Tuck Halloween costume. I miss that hat.

403 days ago


She can still get it.

402 days ago


p.s. I saw her original show a few times and it was obvious then.

402 days ago


somebody else started this fire and u know it, rich people=target

402 days ago


Listen up's what can happen if you sign your soul away!

402 days ago


Where are this poor girl's parents and family in all of this???? This girl is obviously in trouble mentally and needs help, love and support!!!!! Have a little compassion people; what's wrong with you!!!

402 days ago

Rick Hernandez    

Crazy looks UGLY on you, Amanda.

402 days ago


Hollywood needs to blackball this stupid bitch!

401 days ago


The only thing that will straighten her out at this point is the feeling of a belt across her bare bottom and the fear that she can expect a bare bottom whipping every time she acts up.

389 days ago


To get it straight. You can be held over 72 hours if the doctor thinks you need to be there. You are called probated when you are involuntary. Once the 72 hours are up, if the doctor wants to keep you (as he thinks there is a reason) then it goes to court (which can take a LONG time) and you become probated.
At anytime you can sign yourself in voluntary however, once probated voluntary goes out the window.
Conclusion, the comment "Amanda can only be held for 72 hours though" means you can be held for up to 72 hours legally then after that it goes to court.
(Oh and that is 72 hours BUSINESS days. Weekends and Holidays do not count)

388 days ago
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