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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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46.

madchat33    

One more thing to point out... she's ALWAYS alone... it's not like she has a 'posse' with her... no friends, nothing. I would go a bit crazy too. She just needs help... she reminds me of when Brittany Spears went off the deep end.

404 days ago
47.

PR Spin    

Thanks New York for sending us this problem wreck. Notice that Bynes causes havoc all over New York for months and they do nothing, and 2 days in Thousand Oaks, CA our sheriffs lock that B.S. down. About time! Amanda grew up here in a Thousand Oaks so hopefully a judge will require her parents to step in (example Spears) and get this girl the obvious mental help she needs.

404 days ago
48.

Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

They should let her go, she obviously has no problems. The media should leave this girl alone. I see nothing wrong with her.

404 days ago
49.

Cat    

How do light a campfire in someone's driveway? Did she have camping gear with her? I think that's a polite way of saying she was starting a fire on someone's property. To me that's attempted arson. If you or I did that we would be in jail right now, even if our answers were a little "off".

Celebrity preferential treatment, gotta love it! At least now that crazy train has hit the station, maybe she can get the help she obviously needs!

404 days ago
50.

Jackie    

Hollywood equal Hell

404 days ago
51.

ken2everyone    

She wr

404 days ago
52.

RC    

Finally, maybe a judge can finally allow a conservatorship on Amanda Bynes. She's not about to do it willingly. Britney Spears has benefited greatly by having someone act as a conservator. Amanda needs that very much, before something really drastic happens.

404 days ago
53.

ken2everyone    

Another way to get in spotlight

404 days ago
54.

dee    

Wow! She is crazy as h------ll! At least she did not get a chance to burn down the lady's house..............

404 days ago
55.

Nelly    

Who is supposed to be watching this little girl! WTH

404 days ago
56.

crystals    

So sad. Thank God she didn't hurt anyone or start that fire in the hotel she got kicked out of.

404 days ago
57.

Bill03948    

It all makes sense... It is a known fact that people who enjoy to play and build fires are sexually frustrated. Since everyone on the planet are ugly in her eyes, I doubt she's getting any action and thus running around starting fires...

404 days ago
58.

Jballs     

Drake is still ugly

404 days ago
59.

Joao    

Isn't it lovely how the Californian Celebrity Cops were posed to BLAME THE VICTIM for inciting Amanda's loony tunes behavior.

404 days ago
60.

Abe    

Maybe after she repeatedly tells her psychiatrist that Drake is ugly they'll get her the treatment she needs.

404 days ago
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