A crudely fashioned, foot-long pipe bomb was discovered behind a computer store Monday morning, prompting a brief evacuation of several shops.
Police said the explosive device was defused without incident, and workers returned to their shops a short time later.
Employees of InaComp Computer Center at 3827 Bristol St., who discovered the bomb as they arrived for work, said they had not received bomb threats and did not believe they were the target of an attack.
"With all the trash bins out here and people going through the trash for cardboard and bottles, it could have been anybody," Francine Garton, a saleswoman at the firm, said after the brief "excitement" Monday. "We figure it was just some kids driving by and tossing it. . . . We've also had car stereos ripped off in that back parking strip."
Police Lt. Bob Chavez said he could not comment on whether investigators believe the metal device had been randomly discarded behind the building or placed there intentionally.