Lodi Police Defuse Pipe Bomb with Controlled Explosion

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While a controlled explosion by Lodi police put onlookers on edge, the bomb squad says the two explosive devices they found inside the Jeep could have been much worse.

"One was a pipe bomb, the other was an incendiary device set to blow up and give a fireball effect," said Bomb Squad Sergeant Steve Maynard.

Right away officers that found them could tell they needed to call in the experts.

"Both appear to functional and capable of exploding," said Sgt. Maynard.

The bomb squad immediately responded to defuse the devices.

Police used a water cannon, which renders the bomb's incendiary device useless.

"It shoots out almost like a slug. A shotgun shell slug of water when it comes out. And it dissipates as soon as it hits," Maynard said.

Lodi police say this all started when a woman shoplifted at the Wal-Mart across Kettleman Lane.

Officers found the woman in the shopping center parking lot, arrested her, and then saw the two devices on her passenger seat, along with two loaded magazines for a hand gun.

"She's definitely going to be looking at probably a possession of a disruptive device," Maynard said.

With the help of a robot, an officer in a bomb suit pacified the pipe bomb first with a small controlled blast. Then they took care of the incendiary.

"They were actually put together very well. I wouldn't say they were professionally made but they were put together pretty well," Maynard concluded.

Police later identified the woman they arrested as 23-year-old Olga Myshnova.


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