PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a pipe bomb found outside an El Dorado County Probation Department office did not blow up because it apparently malfunctioned.
The Sacramento Bee reports the device was on the ground in front of the main entrance of the office in Shingle Springs at about 7 a.m. Monday. Deputies say it was an 8-inch-long section of pipe capped at both ends, with a makeshift fuse attached.
The sheriff's bomb squad defused the device, and there were no injuries to people or property.
About 20 people inside the building were evacuated. They were able to return about three hours later.
Brian Richart, the county's chief probation officer, tells the newspaper it is not yet known whether surveillance cameras recorded anyone planting the device.
Sheriff's detectives are investigating.
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