Pipe Bomb Closes California Firehouse

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. --


It took two hours for a Santa Cruz bomb squad to detonate a pipe bomb that was brought to a Central Fire station on Monday.

The device was discovered at about 10 a.m. along the beach near Central Fire Station No. 1 on 17th Avenue and was detonated at about 1 p.m.

The people who discovered the explosive immediately took it to the fire department after finding it.

When firefighters saw the device they immediately contacted the sheriff's department and evacuated the building.

A portion of 17th Avenue was also blocked off to traffic and some nearby homes and businesses were also evacuated.

"If you see anything suspicious like that, good Lord, do not pick things up like that," said Owen Miller, of the Central Fire Department. "You want to find a phone use someone's phone call it in and let us handle the device."

The pipe bomb was described as PVC piping about a foot in length and capped at both ends.

All roads were reopened and the evacuation was lifted as of 2 p.m.


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