Man finds live pipe bomb at Pierce College

WOODLAND HILLS - A live pipe bomb was turned in to Pierce College Sheriff's Station today after a man found it on campus, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

A male adult turned in the bomb his child found by a campus pond at 2:25 p.m. The station was evacuated and contained shortly thereafter, according to Sgt. David Infante.

"The dad grabbed it without knowing what he had in his hands," Officer Pedro Pineda, of the Sheriff's Pierce College station, said. "It could have easily been triggered by anything."

A Sheriff's Arson/Explosives Detail was called and determined the pipe bomb was live. It was detonated without incident on site by the bomb squad, Pineda said.

The device was around six inches long and made from 1/2 inch diameter metal pipe, Pineda said.

"It was found in an area that gets very light traffic by joggers," Pineda said.

An investigation by the explosives team is currently underway, Infante said.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department was also notified.

The device was not believed to be connected with a threat against a specific person.

Pierce College was closed for the holiday.

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