3 pipe bombs found in Valley aqueduct

first_imgPEARBLOSSOM – Three pipe bombs were found near a valve in a portion of the California Aqueduct that was partially drained to check for submerged objects, officials said. The bombs were among numerous items found Tuesday during an inspection, which also yielded 25 vehicles and at least four weapons, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Fernando Contreras said. “The pipe bombs were found by a check valve, so we don’t know if those were left there intentionally,” he said. “If the bombs went off, it could release the valve and open it and release water.” A bomb unit was called to retrieve and detonate the pipe bombs in a safe area, Contreras said. The cars likely had been stolen and the guns had probably been used to commit crimes, he said. Water levels are periodically lowered to look for submerged items, said Blaine Laumbach, chief operator at the hydroelectric plant that cuts water flow to allow the searches. “You can find just about anything in there,” he said. “We’ve found safes from burglaries, soda pop machines, washing machines, all number of things.” Pearblossom is in the eastern Antelope Valley along the east branch of the California Aqueduct, which carries water from the northern part of the state to Southern California. The inspection involved lowering the water level to 4 feet from the normal 12-15 feet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more