A sixth pipe bomb has turned up near the Palm Springs neighborhood where a 92-year-old man found the first one last week, Palm Springs police said Saturday, May 12.
A jogger reported finding the latest explosive device at about 9:50 a.m. Police responded to a call regarding a possibly destructive device in the 2700 block of East Verona Road, a news release stated.
The device resembled five others found earlier in the week, including one in a front yard approximately a foot from the sidewalk, the release stated. The device was confirmed to be a live destructive device and was rendered safe at approximately 2:10 p.m.
Verona Road was closed to traffic at North Farrell Drive, North Valmy Lane and North Volturno Road. Several residents had to stay in their homes and one voluntarily evacuated, with the area reopening at 2:22 p.m. Palm Springs police conducted an additional search for more devices, and continues to investigate.
The Palm Springs Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have partnered to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. The Palm Springs Police Department asks anyone with information to call 760-323-8115 or Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-321-STOP.
Police also urge the public never to move any suspected explosives.