Pipe bomb, zip gun discovered in front of South Sacramento elementary school

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said a pipe bomb loaded with shrapnel and fireworks was rendered safe Tuesday after it was discovered, along with a zip gun, in front of Ethel I. Baker Elementary School.

Sgt. Rod Grassmann says an employee had just arrived at the South Sacramento elementary school around 8:20 a.m. when they spotted two devices on the sidewalk in front of the school. Grassmann says at the time, they described the devices as being a pipe sealed at both ends and a homemade gun.

The sheriff’s office was called and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was sent to the school. Sgt. Grassmann says both devices were real and were rendered safe by the EOD Team.

Inside the pipe bomb they found gasoline, shrapnel and fireworks. The homemade zip gun was loaded with a 12-gauge shotgun shell and used what Grassmann described as “a slingshot to trigger it.”

Grassmann told FOX40 both would have been “very dangerous if they were set off.”

Some of the dozens of children who do not have access to PCs or Zoom were arriving at the school when the devices were found and were turned away, according to Grassmann. Those children who were not at school yet were called and told classes were canceled.

Sacramento County sheriff’s sergeants joined the principal and two EOD sniffing dogs to do a perimeter of the campus. No other devices were found.

Grassmann says the sheriff’s office does not have any information about a suspect or a motive.

Investigators are asking anyone who saw anything unusual Tuesday morning in the area of the school on Laurine Way, south of Fruitridge Road, to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line.

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