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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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Story developing ...

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358 COMMENTS

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106.

Sue    

Who Cares really?

356 days ago
107.

Joe    

If she walks,All arsonist in California prisons should walk.

356 days ago
108.

CLINT    

There's nothing pretty about any of this. As a matter of fact, this is as ugly as it gets. She is not just a danger to herself, she is a danger to anyone. This could have turned tragic now that she's messing with gasoline. I feel for anyone who crosses her path when she's having a bad day.

356 days ago
109.

Wow ...    

May she finally receive the treatment needed to get her back on track. Mental illness is nothing to mess with or self medicate with street drugs. Best wishes for a recovery.

356 days ago
110.

Julie C    

It's about damn time! Look at what she was wearing earlier in the day? I'm surprised someone didn't call the cops on her for that!

356 days ago
111.

The Wraith    

Maybe she likes marshmallows.
Maybe , she is preparing for a role as a girl scout.
Maybe- she can get 5150'd at my house

356 days ago
112.

Victoria    

FINALLY!!!!

356 days ago
113.

HLyWDgreg    

In Amanda's defense, the woman was ugly.

356 days ago
114.

Areukiddingme?    

Finally, the men in the white coats with the butterfly nets win! Seriously, though, I wish her well, and I hope that she gets all the help she needs to get her life back on track. Now, the parents need to step up and step in.

356 days ago
115.

Jamey Hunter    

What a nut case!

356 days ago
116.

exmar    

wow this story! it reminds me of robert downey jr back in the day, the crazy randomness of it, and is she wearing a oversized t and slippers out in public...? i mean there has to be booze and/or drugs involved, hope she gets help she needs

356 days ago
117.

Jody    

It's about time. She probably thought it was a camp fire and she was roasting marshmallows.

356 days ago
118.

Gretel    

It's about time.

356 days ago
119.

Roxxiee    

Where is this girls family? They seriously need to step in and keep her there more than 72 hours. She is a young sweet girl I hope she gets all the help she needs. Get well Amanda!

356 days ago
120.

Lindsay Lohan Fan Forever    

Glad no one was hurt. Hope things improve for her

356 days ago
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