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UPDATED Police Confirm Pipe Bomb in Northridge

The bomb squad has been called.

Twitter photo of street cleared after Los Angeles police found what they think is a pipe bomb in Northridge. By Nico Heredia.
Twitter photo of street cleared after Los Angeles police found what they think is a pipe bomb in Northridge. By Nico Heredia.
Originally posted 3:58 p.m. March 19, 2014. Edited to add a photo, additional information.

UPDATE AT 10:49 p.m.:  Police cleared an area stretching for about a quarter- mile around a busy Northridge intersection today when a driver was pulled over for allegedly driving erratically and a pipe bomb was found inside the Dodge SUV.

The SUV was stopped near a gas station at Reseda Boulevard and Devonshire Street around 12:30 p.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Sara Faden.

A bomb squad was summoned when police spotted what appeared to be a pipe bomb in the vehicle. The Reseda-Devonshire intersection was closed and some businesses were evacuated.

Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Steve Carmona told CBS2 investigators confirmed the device in the car was a pipe bomb, and officers were checking other items inside the vehicle.

KCAL9 reported that the bomb squad exploded the device, which the driver was carrying between his legs on the floor of the car. The car had Nevada license plates.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics and burglary tools, Carmona told the station.

At 8 p.m., Faden said police were still on the scene and the streets remained closed.


UPDATE AT 5:27 p.m.: Police cleared an area stretching for about a quarter- mile around a busy Northridge intersection today when a motorist was pulled over for allegedly driving erratically and a pipe bomb was found inside the vehicle.

The Dodge SUV was stopped near a gas station at Reseda Boulevard and Devonshire Street around 12:30 p.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Sara Faden.

A bomb squad was summoned when police spotted what appeared to be a pipe bomb in the vehicle. The Reseda-Devonshire intersection was closed and some businesses were evacuated.

LAPD Capt. Steve Carmona told CBS2 that investigators confirmed the device in the car was a pipe bomb, and officers were checking other items inside the vehicle.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of narcotics and possession of burglary tools, Carmona told the station.

UPDATE AT 4:29 p.m.: Police have cleared an area stretching for about a quarter-mile around Reseda Boulevard and Devonshire Street in Northridge, where that apparent pipe bomb was found in a vehicle that was pulled over in a traffic stop around 12:30 p.m., according to LAPD Officer Sara Faden. Broadcast reports from the scene indicate the driver has been arrested on suspicion of a narcotics violation.


Original post: 


Police are investigating an item that appeared to be a pipe bomb and was found inside a car that was stopped by officers near Reseda Boulevard and Devonshire Street in Northridge, according to the LAPD.

A bomb squad has been called to the scene and some area businesses have been evacuated.

Tweets from commuters say streets are jammed with traffic in the area.

--City News Service


Don Jagg March 20, 2014 at 01:31 AM
I heard about this when I got off of work and listened to a radio traffic report at 8:PM. 7+ hours to clear a pipe bomb? Seriously?
Charles Murray March 20, 2014 at 09:25 AM
What a tempest in a teapot! Although I don't know that this was a simple pipe bomb, I'd assume it was (unless this arrestee was some sort of a professional paramilitary nut), thus all it would have required to disable it, was to unscrew one end of the pipe and dump the powder in the gutter and wet it, then drop the pipe in the nearest wastebasket; job done. BUT NO; just as at the airport when they have to clear a whole terminal and cancel flights because a retired school teacher has a hair pin in excessive size of TSA rules.
Penny Arévalo March 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Followup story here: http://northridge.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/police-encino-man-behind-pipe-pomp-found-in-northridget
Don Jagg March 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Actually, unscrewing the end cap is extremely dangerous, but we have a modern bomb squad, robots, explosion disposal units. It's my understanding that Devonshire was closed between Wilbur and Lindley and Reseda between Chatsworth and Lassen, for over eight hours, and they cleared a 1/4 mile radius. They could have just blown the car up and hauled it away and been done with it. Instead, 10's of thousands of people are inconvenienced, businesses are closed, profits are lost. Only in LA.
Charles Murray March 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM
…To clarify; assuming it's a simple pipe bomb with a fuse visible, it's no more dangerous than unscrewing the cap on a can of black powder, which I've never heard of causing the powder to blow (unless an idiot does it while smoking, or something)…

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