Pipe bomb ‘rendered safe’ after being discovered near popular trailhead

The discovery of a “live and active” pipe bomb in South Palm Springs blocked traffic and rattled nerves Tuesday evening.

Palm Springs Police did not say how the device was discovered, but did report it was found around 4:50 PM near the entrance to Araby Trail. Shortly after the discovery they advised residents to avoid the area and closed East Palm Canyon Drive between Cherokee Way and Escoba Drive. By 8:30 PM the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Hazardous Device Team had “rendered safe” the pipe bomb and roads were back open.

Police must now investigate exactly how the device got there and who might have placed it. The Araby Trail is one of the more popular trails in the city, providing a 4-mile out-and-back hike up and near the former home of Bob Hope.


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