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Amanda Bynes


On 5150 Hold

7/23/2013 12:01 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 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.

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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Caller Describes


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.


Accused of Trespassing

Cops Called to Old Folks Home


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.

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 ...


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She didn't get arrested? Isn't ARSON a crime? How about being a DANGER to yourself or others? Amanda must have bought off the cops with some doughnuts and coffee.

465 days ago


As a mom I wish we knew more about her family, like if they are there for her, I loved watching the tv shows she was in, she is so cute, I have to wonder, what happened to the person that we saw on screen. I hope she gets help, she is a beautiful young woman and would probably have a great acting career if she can turn this around.

465 days ago


Yup. all that bragging about wanting black weiner really helped your career, didn't it. Do you know any of their names? Without guessing?

465 days ago


Where are her parents??? Doesn't anyone want to help this poor girl?

465 days ago

debby allison    

I believe she is mentally ill and I hope they can keep her long enough to get her on medication and save her life. Lately it has been one thing after another with her. I'm sure her family has tried to get her into treatment and have been unable to do so. The mentally ill to the extreme that Amanda is displaying don't think they are ill and are unreasonable. Because for so many years people were commited to mental institutions against their will, and many were not ill, that laws were created to prevent it. Now it is harder to commit someone that is ill. I'm sure a judge would rule Amanda incompitient and place her in a mental facility.

465 days ago


Because she is on an involuntary hold (5150 likely as a danger to self and others) if she refuses psych meds they can do a Reise.....she will go to a Reise capacity hearing there in front of a judge who will decide that she (because of the psych diagnosis) can not refuse meds...the staff can then use I M back ups if she refuses oral meds. The other way is if she is combative requiring restraints and seclusion....I M meds can be given (with an emergency physicians order) The point ? She needs psychiatric medications. She is ill and if she is smoking copious amounts of weed all that is doing is exacerbating her mania....psychosis...schizophrenia or whatever she is afflicted with. As far as the article saying she can only be held x 72 hours....not true.....IF she shows no signs of improvement and the treatment team deems it is necessary for her to have further inpatient treatment she will be served with a petition for a 14 day certification and go to court there at the facility....again the judge will decide based on the do***entation and condition of the patient whether she stays or goes.I doubt that she will be treated with leniency because of the fact that she started a fire on private property and IF the facility releases her and she goes right back out and starts a fire that kills someone the facility can be held as liable.

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465 days ago


Do any of you fools realize there's such a thing as being bipolar? Do you even know what it is? Or how a person afflicted should get compassion, instead of rude, insensitive remarks?

465 days ago

Mike Huntsarry    

Id still bone her

465 days ago


With no talent and mall rat looks, she might as well be wacky.

465 days ago


What the hell sent this girl on such a downward spiral? Can only guess a major broken heart.

465 days ago


What is an Amanda Bynes, and what does it do?

465 days ago

Brian Workman    

Can you spell GAS CAN!? Do you know the difference between a Gas Tank & a Small Gas Can!?

464 days ago


come on baby light my fire...
try to set the driveway on fire

she's definitely gettin' messages from Morrison

464 days ago


She obviously has mental issues, and needs help. A good man and the start of a family probably wouldn't hurt either.

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