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Amanda Bynes

Hospitalized

On 5150 Hold

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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31.

Lindsay Lohan's Drug Dealer    

She's a loser.

425 days ago
32.

hallehater    

I think it should be noted that after the 72 hours if the doctors feel she is still a danger to herself or others, the hold can be extended.

425 days ago
33.

Sam    

Thank goodness. This girl definitely has pyschiatric issues. I hope they can determine that she needs to be held beyond 72 hours.

425 days ago
34.

oBAMa    

Well it's about damn time!

425 days ago
35.

_Taterman    

OMG, she is so gonna sue!! LOL

425 days ago
36.

tink981    

I don't understand why her parents can't help. Britney was an adult when she was placed under a conservatorship (sp?). Why is Amanda different? Does she maybe need to go before a judge or something? It's so sad. Amanda was a great talent and still can be. She just needs to get help and re-direct her life.

On the other hand, I would love to know what her crazy answers were. I bet they were hilarious.

425 days ago
37.

Aussiegal    

About damn time! Let's hope her family or friends insist she stays put, longer than the 72hrs.

425 days ago
38.

madchat33    

She obviously needs help... saying such hurtful things about a young woman, no matter what her actions have been... is so way wrong. She has lost her way... and needs help.. period. Be respectful, please... this could be our daughter/sister....etc.

425 days ago
39.

Duckyjd    

Thank goodness. Someone please help this girl.

425 days ago
40.

Nancy    

Its about time!

425 days ago
41.

GonzoBigD    

Finally!

425 days ago
42.

Sherms    

Seriously...what is going on with this girl?!?!

425 days ago
43.

Sunny    

As someone else pointed out, hopefully this opens the door for her family to come in and take control like Britney's did. This girl needs help! If I were her mother, at this point I would be getting a lawyer all ready to file those conservatorship papers.

425 days ago
44.

sophiastormy    

She should be arrested. Fire, it's s felony

425 days ago
45.

skittlesbreaker19    

Who cares!! Peeps, quit acting like you care about this crazy!

425 days ago
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