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July 26, 1988
A militant member of a Baptist church in the San Diego County community of Santee was sentenced to 179 days in jail, a four-year suspended sentence and five years' probation for planting a pipe bomb in a San Diego abortion clinic. Eric Svelmoe, a member of Dorman Owens Bible Missionary Fellowship, admitted planting the device on July 27, 1987, at the door of the Family Planning Associates Medical Group facility.
A pipe bomb exploded just after midnight Saturday in front of the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego, causing some minor damage but no injuries and sending investigators in search of four men seen fleeing the area--laughing--in a pickup truck. The FBI and the San Diego Police Department said there were no known motives, no identified suspects, no advance warning, and that no groups had claimed credit for the explosion.
December 19, 2003 | From Times Staff Writers
A toddler found a pipe bomb Thursday while playing at Castle Peak Park, police said. "She brought the bomb home and her father called the police," said LAPD Sgt. Alan Sorkness. The police bomb squad detonated the device.
July 7, 1989
About 25 people were evacuated from a Mission Hills post office Thursday after U.S. Postal Service workers discovered a seven-inch pipe bomb inside the building, authorities said. Explosives experts from the Los Angeles Police Department were called to the scene shortly after 11 a.m., and they detonated the device outside the building.
September 23, 1995 | STEPHANIE BROMMER
Oxnard police on Friday were investigating a pipe bomb that was found the day before and then defused by the Ventura County sheriff's bomb squad. An eight-inch piece of pipe with a fuse protruding from one end was found at 3 p.m. Thursday in a planter near Victory Outreach at 200 W. Pleasant Valley Road, Oxnard police said. A Victory Outreach employee notified investigators that an unidentified man told him the pipe bomb was placed outside the building so police could dispose of it.
December 18, 1993 | BRENDA DAY
A live pipe bomb found in the mailbox outside a Thousand Oaks home was safely detonated Friday after the Ventura County Sheriff's Department bomb squad retrieved the device. The fuse of the bomb had been lit, but it burned out before reaching the bomb, Detective Joe Braga said. If the device had detonated, it could have caused serious property damage and injured or killed people nearby, Braga said.
November 13, 1998
A bomb threat suspended activities for much of the school day Thursday at El Rancho High School. Sheriff's deputies were called at 8 a.m., and the bomb squad discovered a pipe bomb under a stairwell. "[It was] a plastic pipe bomb . . . filled with black powder, enhanced with nails taped to the exterior," said sheriff's Deputy Cruz Solis. "There were a couple of bullets inside." The school was evacuated and activities were suspended until 1 p.m., when the bomb was removed.
March 15, 1995
A "potentially lethal" pipe bomb was disarmed Tuesday after being discovered by a morning jogger on Harbor Boulevard, police said. The jogger, who was not identified by police, kicked over a small box in the 2800 block of North Harbor Boulevard about 8:30 a.m., Police Sgt. Don Kimbro said. When he saw the contents--a pipe and a battery--the jogger ran to a nearby fire station to report the discovery.
June 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A bomb exploded in the bedroom of a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy, injuring him and spewing debris 50 feet outside the house. The apparent pipe bomb crashed through the window of the courtroom bailiff's home early Friday. Officials said he had not received any job-related threats. Neighborhood residents said the crime could be related to tensions between drug dealers and young families and professionals who have moved into the area.
December 16, 1997
A pipe bomb found in a bank parking lot Monday morning caused sheriff's deputies to shut down Western Avenue in Rancho Palos Verdes for nearly three hours until the bomb was deactivated, authorities said. The county Sheriff's Department's arson and explosives unit was called in after an employee at Bay Cities National Bank reported that he saw a pipe bomb in the dirt area of the bank parking lot about 10 a.m., said Sgt. Vic Reyes.
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