Pipe Bomb Scare Closes Hidden Valley Park

Martinez police closed off the park for more than two hours Saturday after a suspicious device was located

Hidden Valley Park was closed off for more than two hours Saturday after Martinez police discovered a suspicious device there.

Police were alerted to the device about 11:30 a.m. It was located in a grassy area near picnic tables in the middle of the park.

Sgt. Bryan Dodd said the device had the appearance of a pipe bomb.

Officers cordoned the area off while the Walnut Creek police bomb squad was called in.

The device was eventually determined not to be explosive and not to be a danger to the public.

Police reopened that portion of the park at about 2 p.m., Dodd said.


Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles December 30, 2012 at 04:55 PM
The paranoia of people thinking that what they don’t know is a danger to them will be at great cost to us all one day. What a waist of public time, money, and resources. A piece of pipe does not make it bomb.
Chris J Kapsalis December 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Why? What are they supposed to do? They said the same thing, that the MPD over reacted to the situation at AHS last year. I think I was even critical of them. But they were right. Better safe than sorry. You have to take these things serious, because it is that one in whatever times chance it is real that people get killed. I am glad to have our police and they do know more than anyone about public safety I think. We think we know, easy to judge from here though.


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