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Pipe bomb investigation continues

Truckee police are investigating an explosive device that was discovered at Truckee Fire Protection District station 93 at Donner Lake on July 22.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team determined the pipe bomb was a genuine explosive device, said Truckee police Lt. Harwood Mitchell. The contents of the bomb were sent to the Department of Justice in Sacramento to test its content.

The device was large enough to cause serious damage, Mitchell said. There were no injuries or property damages with the removal of the bomb.

A Truckee fire captain discovered the device at the front door of the fire station near the west end of Donner Lake at about 11 a.m. A portion of Donner Pass Road and a part of Donner Lake were closed for four and a half hours while the bomb squad removed the device using a robot by around 3 p.m.

“The initial product was manufactured, but appeared to have been modified,” Mitchell said.

It will be several weeks before the content of the bomb is determined, he said. Truckee police have possession of the plastic container that held the explosive, which is approximately one-half inch to three-fourths inch in circumference.

Police have been conducting interviews in the ongoing investigation, Mitchell said.

“We’ve not identified a suspect,” he said. “There were no threats towards the Truckee fire department.”

Some people were frustrated with the road closures, but many remained patient given the circumstances that day, he said.

“When you have it (bomb threat) in a small community like Truckee, it’s serious,” Mitchell said.

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