A pipe bomb exploded Sunday afternoon in an alley in Anaheim without injuring anyone but causing minor damage to a nearby wall of a shuttered business.
Anaheim police and the department of Orange County Sheriff are investigating the explosion, reports The Orange County Register.
Homes in the area were evacuated after the blast to a block of North Anaheim Boulevard around 1:50 p.m. PT. The area is three miles north of Disneyland.
No arrests have yet been made. People are urged to contact 855-TIP-OCCS if having any information.
Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt said, “The potential was very strong that someone could have been injured had they been here.”
According to eyewitness the explosion sounded too loud to be a gunshot and it shook homes. Some initially thought it to be a shooting outside.
Police said the explosion was so loud and powerful that it caused an end cap to fly about 50 feet cutting through a wooden fence.
A 46-year-old Tammy Farrell said, “I thought something actually fell from the sky, from like an airplane, because it was so loud.”
Police on Friday also had responded to a bank robbery nearby and a suspect had left a hoax pipe bomb. However, authorities said the two cannot be linked as the mechanics are different.
A suspicious device was found last year in December on 300 block of South Claudina Street in Anaheim.
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