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Pair Detained in Los Angeles After Apparent Twitter Mix-Up: Reports

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A young couple was detained at a Los Angeles airport after Homeland Security agents mistook a couple Twitter quips for threats against the U.S., the two told British media Monday.

Friends Irishman Leigh Van Bryan, 26, and British citizen Emily Bunting, 24, were reportedly interrogated and spent 12 hours locked up under armed guard after going through customs in Los Angeles International Airport last week. According to several British outlets, the couple was taken into custody by U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents because of the slang in Bryan's tweets.

"Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America," one of the tweets read. Bryan told The Sun that in this context "destroy" just meant party.

"The Homeland Security agents were treating me like some kind of terrorist. I kept saying they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet but they just told me 'You've really f***ed up with that tweet, boy'," Bryan told The Sun.

Bryan had also tweeted that he planned to be "diggin' Marilyn Monroe up!" -- another joke, he said.

"The officials told us we were not allowed in to the country because of Leigh's tweet," Bunting told The Daily Mail. "They wanted to know what we were going to do... They asked why we wanted to destroy America and we tried to explain it meant to get trashed and party... I almost burst out laughing when they asked me if I was going to be Leigh's lookout while he dug up Marilyn Monroe."

After spending the night in custody, Bryan and Bunting were reportedly put on a plane back home through Paris.

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security declined to comment for this report, but said they will be releasing a statement concerning the incident shortly.

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California Winds Black Out LAX, Leave Thousands Without Power

A tree fell on the canopy of a Shell gas station in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday. KABC-TV/ABC News Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- Fierce Santa Ana winds are blasting California with gusts up to 100 miles an hour, taking down trees and knocking out power to nearly 200,000 customers in the southern part of the state. The winds even managed to black out Los Angeles International Airport, where a number of flights had to be delayed or rerouted.

“It seemed like everything stopped. You were just forced to a sudden halt,” said Dalton Kratz, who was at the Los Angeles airport Wednesday night when the lights went out.

“I heard this huge rumbling sound and then the ground actually shook bad, and I wasn't sure if it was an earthquake or what was going on, so I ran out in front of the house and there's this 150 foot tree,” said Chris Drury, of nearby Van Nuys.

Further north in Sacramento, the wind blew a large tree onto Stanley Burton's home.

“All I heard was just a snapping sound,” Burton said. “Pop, pop, pop. Sounded like almost like firecrackers. Next thing I knew boom!  It goes down.”

Fire crews are preparing for the worst. In Occidental, some were evacuated after winds fanned the flames of a brush fire.

“When you get 60, 70, 80 mile an hour winds…it’s going to be very difficult to stop,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Mark Savage.

Workers from California Department of Transportation were out early Thursday morning trying to clear downed trees from three Los Angeles freeways ahead of the city’s notorious rush hour traffic.

The winds are the most powerful California has seen in 10 years -- and they’re not expected to calm just yet. The National Weather Service says the windstorm is expected to peak early Thursday and last through Friday.

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Two Injured after Jetway Collapses at Los Angeles Airport

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock (file photo)(LOS ANGELES) -- A pilot and a passenger from a Boston-to-Los Angeles American Airlines flight that landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport were hospitalized Wednesday night, after a jetway collapsed while they were exiting the plane.

According to officials, a small piece of floorboard next to the plane's exit door gave way, causing both victims to fall about 10 feet to the tarmac.

Matt Spence with the Los Angeles Fire Department said the two were "transported to a local hospital in fair condition with non-life-threatening injuries."

The rest of the passengers exited the plane using mobile stair trucks that were attached to the other doors, Spence said.

The plane was damaged in the incident and moved to a hangar for repairs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper said American Airlines will be undergoing inspections of all of its jetways at LAX.  The cause of Wednesday's collapse is not yet known.

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