Published Feb 05, 2010Jared Leto's rock'n'roll project, 30 Seconds to Mars have reportedly been subject to a bomb scare, though speculation is already looming that the event could be a publicity stunt.
Last night (February 4), the band gathered with a number of fans in Los Angeles for a sneak-preview of their upcoming documentary. While standing on the stage to kick off the event with a few statements, front-man Leto became agitated when he saw a young man in a hooded sweatshirt approach.
The individual proceeded to dump a large, wrapped box at Leto's feet before stepping up on stage and stating, "It's time for a little self-help." Leto countered with a quippy, "I think he's got some sort of agenda or something," before dragging the man away by the arm. Apparently, the alleged would-be bomber was then tackled by security and held until police came and arrested him.
Attendees were evacuated and the event was postponed/rescheduled while the bomb squad addressed the suspicious package. The man in question was taken into police custody and reportedly deemed "mentally unstable."
After watching the video of the incident (embedded below), allegations of the situation being genuine or some sort of publicity stunt are already beginning to circulate. While no official statement has been revealed about the box's contents, TMZ reports no bomb was in the box, just candy and a blender. Leto, on the other hand, told the evacuated crowd that "some explosives" were in the box, adding, "it's official, we have the craziest fans in the world."
At present, the event has been reorganized for this evening.