Sheriff's explosives experts were called, and the California Highway Patrol shut down freeway traffic in both directions, between Avenues M and N, about noon to let them try to detonate the object with smaller explosives.
2 -- 3 -- color) Officers, far left, discuss traffic safety while a bomb disposal squad, left, prepares to detonate a pipe bomb found in landscaping beside the Antelope Valley Freeway on Tuesday.
Called a "variable-range less-lethal projectile," the ballistics detonates
in the air before hitting the target, temporarily incapacitating potentially dangerous threats, such as hostage-takers, rioters or terrorists.
The LAPD Bomb Squad responds to up to six reports of suspicious packages a day and detonates
a potential bomb about once a month, Vernon said.
soldiers and equipment deployed in Bosnia will be protected from enemy artillery and mortar shells employing proximity fuses by an "electronic umbrella," which detects and prematurely detonates
the weapons during flight rendering them virtually harmless.
Bystanders are often unaware of any hazard from such a device, which detonates
when chemicals mix inside it, the detective said, and they don't know there was danger until they hear the boom.