SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PSN) — A pipe bomb was safely detonated at a recycling business on Watt Avenue after being discovered by an employee late Monday morning.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., the employee at the recycling facility, located in the 4700 block of Watt Avenue, reported finding a suspicious device and immediately called 911. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s North Patrol Deputies, along with Detectives from the Sheriff’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit, responded swiftly to the scene.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the employees were evacuated, and neighboring areas were cleared as a precaution. “The device was found to be live but too unstable to move,” said a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office. In response, the EOD Detectives performed a controlled detonation on site, neutralizing the threat.

Upon further investigation, the device was identified as a commercial firework that had been altered into a pipe bomb. “It was designed to cause significant damage,” the spokesperson added.

The scene was declared safe following the detonation, and employees were allowed to return to the business. The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation and is actively seeking information from the public to aid in identifying those responsible for the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357). “Tips leading to an arrest are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, and tipsters remain anonymous,” the Sheriff's Office stated. Tips can also be submitted via the “P3 TIPS” app or online at Additionally, anonymous tips can be left at or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

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