Pipe bomb found on patient at California hospital

POMONA, Calif. — A patient transported to a Los Angeles-area emergency room Monday night was carrying a pipe bomb, police confirmed.

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Security at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center told police that they located a PVC pipe with end caps and a fuse on a patient who was brought in by ambulance from West Covina shortly after 9 p.m., KTLA-TV reported.

The patient has not been identified publicly.

According to a news release from the Pomona Police Department, obtained by The Sacramento Bee, a security K-9 at the hospital detected the explosive.

The investigation is ongoing, but police confirmed that the hospital was not a target. Officials have not yet explained the presence of the explosive, the Bee reported.

The main entrance to the medical center’s emergency room had to be shut down and ambulances were rerouted to other hospitals for about an hour because of the incident, but evacuation was not deemed necessary, KTLA reported.