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Possible pipe bomb blast at Santa Ana hardware store investigated

September 04, 2013|By Adolfo Flores

Santa Ana authorities were investigating a possible pipe bomb explosion early Wednesday at a hardware store.

Law enforcement officers responded to a report of an explosion around 9 a.m. at an Orchard Supply Hardware at 1975 East 17th St.

Witnesses said they heard a blast near the exit doors of the store, the Santa Ana Police Department said in a statement.

No injuries were immediately reported.

When investigators arrived they said they found what appeared to be remnants of a pipe bomb at the store's exit.

The area has been evacuated and the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad was en route.

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