Amanda Bynes Hospitalized for Mental Evaluation

Amanda Bynes (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Update: A 911 call from an eyewitness reveals that Bynes allegedly put a flaming cloth on top of a red gas can, a move that could have potentially created a makeshift explosive.

The caller could not tell if the gas can was full, but quickly contacted police in order to avoid the possibility of a dangerous explosion.

The fire department rushed to the scene and was able to extinguish the flame before anyone was hurt.

Original Post: It’s been a bizarre couple of days for Amanda Bynes.

According to TMZ, the 27-year-old actress has been hospitalized under a 5150 hold after she was caught starting a fire in the driveway of a California woman’s home last evening.

The incident took the woman, who resides in the town of Thousand Oaks and has no affiliation with the actress, by complete surprise.

The police reportedly asked her, “Do you know anyone by the name of Amanda Bynes, or why she would have some vendetta against you?” They also informed her that Bynes had burnt a section of her own clothing while setting the fire.

This latest incident follows a string of strange behavior from the actress. Police were called to a local retirement community on Sunday night after reportedly Bynes got into an argument with a taxi cab driver.

TMZ reports that Amanda attempted to visit a relative at the home, but was kicked out on the suspicion that she was intoxicated. The home called a cab for the actress, who revealed that she didn’t have any money. The conversation got heated and the police were called, but no arrests made.

Bynes is not the first troubled celebrity to be institutionalized under a 5150 hold.

In 2008, Britney Spears was famously held under the same code, which allows a physician or law officer to place someone under an involuntary psychiatric hold for 72 hours if they are deemed to have a mental disorder that could make them a danger to themselves or others. Spears was later placed under the conservatorship of her father.

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