An example of a pipe bomb, not the one from the story. via Wikimedia Commons
An example of a pipe bomb, not the one from the story. via Wikimedia Commons

An investigation was underway Thursday into the discovery of a pipe bomb at a Lake Forest concrete business where an explosion occurred less than a week earlier.

No one was injured in the explosion Saturday at Farino Concrete at 23201 Olive Ave., according to Lt. Mark Stichter of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The blast was already under investigation when, on Wednesday about 4 p.m., an employee at the business found a pipe bomb, Stichter said.

The device was rendered safe by the sheriff’s bomb squad and both the blast and the pipe bomb find remain under active investigation, with no solid conclusions drawn yet about either incident, according to the lieutenant.

Sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Carlsen, however, told the Orange County Register the placement of the devices appeared to be a targeted act.

Stichter said he was aware of Carlsen’s comments, but added, “We have no specific information this was a targeted act at all.”

He conceded that the circumstances are suspicious, but said, “We just can’t draw any conclusions without looking at all the evidence collected.”

“We’re going to be looking at all the possibilities,” he said.

–City News Service 

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