Pierce College pipe bomb leads to investigation

An investigation was under way today following the discovery of a pipe bomb, which was later detonated safely, on the campus of Pierce College in Woodland Hills.

A man found the device by a pond on the campus around 2:25 p.m. Monday and turned it in at the Pierce College sheriff's station, Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. David Infante said. The man apparently did not know the device he was handling was a live bomb.

An area of the campus of the two-year community college was evacuated, Infante said, adding that no students or faculty members were on campus Monday because it was closed for the Presidents Day holiday.

Four deputies in flak vests took charge of the explosive and blew it up around 5 p.m. behind the sheriff's station building, a video crew at the scene reported. The blast was audible across campus and on nearby streets.

"The device was not believed to be connected with a threat against a specific person," Infante said, without explaining how detectives arrived at the conclusion.

The Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement services on nine Los Angeles Community College campuses.

A watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Station, which serves as base for officers who patrol the Woodland Hills area, was not aware of the Pierce College incident early today.

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