Los Angeles Fire Department
false alarms have been turned into the fire department in the last two weeks
than were responded to in the previous two months
Both From Hope Street
"This afternoon there were two alarms turned in. One at the corner of Eleventh and Hope and the other at the corner of Eight and Hope. It is probable that both were tuned in by the same person. All we can do in a case like that is to report the occurrence to the police and if they find the offender he is prosecuted.
"In several sections of Los Angeles we cannot leave the keys in the boxes, for the number of false alarms that would come in from them is something scandalous.
"The keys of the box at the corner of Buena Vista and Sunset boulevard cannot be kept there nor can the ones for the box at Main and Wilhardt and for box 236 in Boyle Heights.
"When we used to leave the keys in the boxes at these places false alarms came in at the rate of three or four a week.
"Some action should be taken that would deter maliciously inclined youngsters and others from turning in false alarms."
The police discovered last night that a kodak fiend, anxious to take a snapshot of a fire department responding to a call, was responsible for an alarm turned in about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon from the box at Eighth and Hope streets.
Several small boys are authority for the statement that they saw a man
equipped with a big camera run to the box, turn in the alarm and wait to see
the engines arrive. They said that he disappeared after taking a snap.
The Los Angeles Herald, April 17, 1906
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