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Amanda Bynes

Hospitalized

On 5150 Hold

7/23/2013 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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-- 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.

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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 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.

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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 5pm.

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AMANDA BYNES 911

Caller Describes

GAS BOMB



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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.



AMANDA BYNES

Accused of Trespassing

Cops Called to Old Folks Home


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Cops confronted Amanda Bynes outside a retirement community after she got into an argument with a cab driver Sunday night ... TMZ has learned.

According to the cab driver ... Amanda was trying to get into an old folks home in Thousand Oaks -- outside L.A. -- when management at the place turned her away because they felt she was drunk and accused her of trespassing.

However, the retirement community was nice enough to call a taxi for Amanda -- but when she got into the cab she said ... "Get me the f**k out of here ... I don't have any money." Naturally, the driver kicked her out at that point.

We're told Amanda walked back toward the retirement community ... and that's when cops were called.

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There's no record of Amanda getting arrested ... so, we're guessing she might have only been ticketed, possibly for trespassing.

Amanda grew up in Thousand Oaks -- and owns a house in nearby Calabasas.

The cab driver tells TMZ ... he was told Amanda was at the retirement village to visit a relative.

Story developing ...

71 COMMENTS

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16.

Kathleen    

The girl is obviously ill. Stop being so mean. I hope she gets the help she needs.

352 days ago
17.

vinnie    

oh oh hot dog!

352 days ago
18.

lori    

SOMEONE PLEASE STEP IN AND HELP HER...SHE IS GONNA DIE...

352 days ago
19.

Kelly    

She is either bipolar, taking something hallucinogenic or severely stressed by fame.

352 days ago
20.

Heather    

I just can't figure out why her and Lindsey Lohan aren't bffs.

352 days ago
21.

Kaeija    

Who is she anyway? Never heard of her until she was in the news doing crazy s**t!

352 days ago
22.

Jillian    

Your right Moyra, drugs do it everytime....how do you spell Loser????

352 days ago
23.

mary collins finn    

I expect that during that 72 hour hold she will be evaluated and transferred to the appropriate inpatient care. I know nothing about her family situation but hopefully they will participate in helping her straighten out her life. It is probably a case of substance abuse, but sometimes the substances are just a way that patients self medicate an underlying mental illness.

352 days ago
24.

wildeyedsouthernboy    

can you say really good dope or looney tune

352 days ago
25.

joe bish    

so sad to see just pathetic people who are looking for attention, the only thing worse is a media that follows them around in search of a story

352 days ago
26.

raysmithson1    

yeah like em when they go nuts,,, good deal show em your boobs next time ......

352 days ago
27.

Anthony    

She is in need of help. So many cruel comments on here. So easy to sit back behind a keyboard and judge the world. I feel bad for this kid & hope she gets the help she needs. She was a talented actress back in the day & I enjoyed watching her on shows like All That with my kids. Amanda, get help! There is much more life ahead of you (we hope)

352 days ago
28.

ten    

When people are on drugs they do bizarre and unexplainable things. She needs to be in rehab and detoxed and then hopefully she will be thinking normally and rationally.

352 days ago
29.

VimalaNowlis    

If she is not psychotic and dangerously insane, no one is.
Where are the parents of these lunatic washed-up "actors"? They became rich and famous from their lucky break, not from any talent. They all seem to go nuts as soon as they became nobody. What a sad lot of people!

352 days ago
30.

MJR    

This poor girl...lesson to young people. Don't do drugs.

352 days ago
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