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Deputies disarm pipe bomb in Pomona hospital

Pomona police Tuesday were investigating the source of a pipe bomb that was safely disarmed at a hospital in Pomona.

The Pomona Police Department’s dispatch center received a call at approximately 9 p.m Monday from the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center security staff at 1798 N. Garey Ave. after a PVC pipe with endcaps was discovered, along with a fuse on a person who was brought into the hospital by ambulance from West Covina, said Cpl. Jason Conley.

Officers arrived at the scene, set up a perimeter and contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad, which took possession of the device and disarmed it, Conley said.

Investigators determined that the medical center was not the target of the device and the hospital was not evacuated but as a precaution the main entrance to the emergency room was shut down and ambulances were rerouted to other hospitals for approximately one hour. Orange Grove Avenue was shut down between Artesia Street and Tate Avenue.

Police are working with another agency to determine the identity and residency of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this pipe bomb incident was asked  to contact the Pomona Police Department at 909-620-2085. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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