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Miley Cyrus' home likely prey in 'swatting' prank

Actress Miley Cyrus arrives at the Australians In

Actress Miley Cyrus arrives at the Australians In Film Awards & Benefit Dinner in Century City, Calif. (June 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Los Angeles police said Thursday they were tracking the hoaxster whose call sent at least a dozen officers and firefighters to singer Miley Cyrus' home Wednesday evening.

"We responded to a call of a kidnapping in progress, one person shot, at an address on Amanda Drive" at 6:50 p.m. PT, a police representative told ABC News, which confirmed the location as Cyrus' mansion.

After approaching the house with guns drawn, police determined no one was home and that it had been a false call. Law enforcement officials said it was a possible "swatting," in which pranksters call in fake emergencies in order to have a SWAT team converge on a location.

Cyrus was not at home. During the past week, she has been spotted with her fiance, Liam Hemsworth, on the Philadelphia set of his film "Paranoia," said.

In California, making a false 911 call is a misdemeanor with penalties of up to a year in jail.

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