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Bomb squad defuses pipe bomb found under car

Updated Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 | 6:33 p.m.

A pipe bomb found under a car on Becky Lane in Boulder City was safely defused Saturday by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue’s bomb squad.

Boulder City police were called to the home on Becky about 1:30 p.m. by a resident who said he found a pipe bomb under his daughter’s car, Deputy Chief John Chase said.

Police found the homemade device constructed of PVC pipe with the fuse intact, according to incident reports. Some nearby homes were evacuated while residents outside a 200-foot perimeter were asked to stay in their homes, police and neighbors said. Becky Lane on either side of the house was closed, neighbors said.

The Las Vegas bomb squad and Metro Police Armor Unit were called, and the bomb was contained and isolated using a remote-controlled robot, Chase said. The bomb was rendered safe, Chase said, and residents were allowed to return to their homes after about two hours.

A juvenile was arrested and taken to Clark County Juvenile Hall, Chase said.

Neighbor Micky Phelps said police asked her to stay in her house when she went to her front yard to see what the commotion was about.

Some time later, she said, she saw from her window a large red truck pull up, then heard a loud pop.

“It was kind of scary to us afterward,” she said. “We said, ‘Yeah, we should have been more worried.’”

Jean Reid Norman can be reached at 948-2073 or jean.norman@lasvegassun.com.

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