Explosive Devices Were Constructed Incorrectly
By Jim Shilander
Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad discovered three tennis-ball bombs Thursday afternoon on South El Camino Real.
Department spokesperson Gail Krause said the bomb squad responded to the call at approximately 4 p.m.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Blotter, a call came in from the 2400 Block of El Camino Real at 3:22 p.m. A caller indicated that there had been a verbal argument with another person earlier in the day. The caller said they had just discovered three tennis balls with matchsticks stuck in them and feared they might be explosives.
Krause said that fear appeared to have been well founded. The tennis balls had a slit cut into them and had a small amount of explosive and ball bearings inside, along with the match. The bomb squad had indicated that the bombs were constructed incorrectly, and likely wouldn’t have gone off if they’d been tossed, but the ball bearings inside might have caused injuries had the bombs gone off.
Krause said no arrest had been made as yet. No further information was available at this time. The investigation is ongoing.