Bomb squad disables explosive near San Carlos park

Bay City News
Sunday, March 22, 2015

SAN CARLOS, Calif. -- The San Mateo County sheriff's bomb squad disabled a homemade explosive device that was found along a walking path in San Carlos Saturday morning, sheriff's officials said.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a couple out for a walk near Arguello Park, located at 260 Wellington Drive, called police to report finding what appeared to be a crude incendiary device.

Sheriff's officials described the device as a glass jar filled with a flammable substance inside. The device had an illegal firework taped to it with a homemade ignition source at the end of the fuse, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies arrived on scene and visually confirmed the device appeared to be an explosive.

Authorities immediately cordoned off the area while the sheriff's bomb squad responded to the scene, sheriff's officials said.

Bomb technicians confirmed the device was an explosive but sheriff's officials said it likely had not ignited because it was simple and crude in nature.

Technicians dismantled and disabled the device at the scene.

Anyone with information about the improvised explosive is encouraged to call sheriff's Detective Jon Sebring at (650) 363-4057 or via email at Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the sheriff's tip line at (800) 547-2700.