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Update: Highway 50 offramp in Sacramento reopens after CHP squad detonates pipe bomb

CHP and Sacramento Police officers investigate a pipe bomb found on the  US 50 offramp at Stockton Blvd. In Sacramento on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
CHP and Sacramento Police officers investigate a pipe bomb found on the US 50 offramp at Stockton Blvd. In Sacramento on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. rbenton@sacbee.com

The westbound Highway 50 offramp at Stockton Boulevard has reopened to traffic after a bomb squad detonated a pipe bomb.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Adrian Quintero said a Sacramento police officer driving in the area spotted the suspicious device near the dirt shoulder toward the bottom of the offramp. Sacramento police and CHP officers closed the offramp and the nearby section of Stockton Boulevard to traffic, and members of the CHP’s bomb squad were summoned.

Quintero said the device was determined to be a pipe bomb and the bomb squad was able to safely detonate it.

He noted that the offramp, near UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children, is heavily used by emergency vehicles and hospital employees going to and from work. He said the pipe bomb could have caused serious injury if it had been hit by a vehicle.

The offramp and a portion of Stockton Boulevard were closed for approximately three hours, causing traffic backups during the evening commute. The area was reopened to traffic about 7:10 p.m.

Quintero asks anyone who may have seen someone leave an object in the area to call the CHP at (916) 681-2300.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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