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Pipe bomb found on Calif. hospital patient brought in by ambulance

A security K-9 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center discovered the device



Don Sweeney
The Charlotte Observer

POMONA, Calif. — A patient brought in by ambulance to a Pomona hospital emergency room had a pipe bomb, California police reported.

A security K-9 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center detected the explosive about 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, police said in a news release.

Security guards found a capped PVC pipe with a fuse on the patient, who had been brought in from West Covina, the Pomona Police Department release said.

Police said the hospital was not a target but did not explain why the patient had a pipe bomb. An investigation into the incident continues.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department bomb squad responded and “rendered the device safe.”

The hospital was not evacuated, but the main entrance to the emergency room was closed and ambulances were diverted to other hospitals for about an hour, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information call 909-620-2085.

Pomona is a city of 152,000 people about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.


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