A man who said he found the device by a pond on the campus around 2:25 p.m., Monday turned it in at the Pierce College sheriff's Station, Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. David Infante said. The man apparently did not know the device he was handling was a live bomb.
An area of the campus of the two-year community college was evacuated, Infante said, adding that no students or faculty members were on campus Monday because it was closed for the Presidents Day holiday.
Four deputies in flak vests took charge of the explosive and blew it up around 5:00 p.m. behind the sheriff's station building, a video crew at the scene reported. The blast was audible across campus and on nearby streets.
"The device was not believed to be connected with a threat against a specific person," Infante said, without explaining how detectives arrived at the conclusion.
The Sheriff’s Department warns that explosive devices are extremely dangerous and anyone who comes across anything suspicious should not handle it but notify the nearest law enforcement agency immediately.