Sheriff’s investigators were trying to determine how a pipe bomb ended up on a trail in Wildomar, where a school was locked down while technicians destroyed the device.
The explosive was found about 9 a.m. Thursday, May 27, on a walking path in the 32000 block of Wildomar Trail, near Palomar Street. A pedestrian spotted the metal-encased device and called 911, authorities said.
Deputies arrived within minutes and secured the area for bomb-squad personnel. Nearby Wildomar Elementary School was placed on lockdown, and the immediate area was cordoned off and cleared of vehicles and pedestrians as a safety precaution, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
“The metal on the device appeared weathered, and it more than likely had been discarded at the location some time ago,” an agency statement said.
Bomb-squad technicians confirmed the device contained explosive materials and disposed of it on the spot. The lockdown was then lifted.
No suspects had been identified, and investigators did not know why it was dropped there or when.
Deputies asked that anyone with information about the device call them at 951-245-3300.