- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The actress Amanda Bynes was hospitalized Tuesday morning and placed on a 5150 involuntary hold for mental evaluation in California, a representative of the Ventura County sheriff's office told FOX411.

The fire department responded to a residence in Thousand Oaks around 9 p.m. Monday — near where Miss Bynes was accused of trespassing the day before — after someone noticed a small blaze in the driveway, TMZ reported.

The sheriff’s department then was called by a man who told dispatchers he saw a flaming cloth atop a gasoline tank in the driveway, effectively creating a makeshift bomb, TMZ said.


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The man told reporters earlier Monday that he found the troubled actress lying down near the driveway with her left pant leg on fire. He said she quickly put out the flames and didn’t appear injured, but she said told him her dog had been burned, TMZ reported.

Based on Miss Bynes‘ explanation for why she was there, officers determined she needed to be examined.

“Deputies investigated the incident and determined that she met the criteria of 5150. … She was detained and taken for a mental health evaluation,” the sheriff's office said in a statement.

A 5150 hold is an involuntary hospitalization that can last up to 72 hours, TMZ reported.