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Police blow up suspected pipe bomb at San Diego FBI office

January 31, 1997

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Police detonated a suspected mail bomb Thursday night outside FBI headquarters.

A clerk spotted a suspicious package in the mail receiving area next to the building, about 10 miles from downtown, FBI spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said. About 200 people were evacuated from the building.

``The package was X-rayed and it was determined that it was indeed suspicious,″ said Caldwell, without elaborating. ``It appears it was an explosive device.″

A bomb squad blew up the device about 7 p.m. in the offices’ parking lot. Caldwell said tests would confirm whether or not it was a bomb.

The device’s components will be sent back to the FBI laboratory in Washington, D.C. Officials declined to elaborate on how the device was made or how it was packaged.

Caldwell said she was not aware of any threats.

Earlier Thursday, an explosion blew a manhole-sized crater in the wall of the Solano County courthouse in Vallejo, about 35 miles north-east of San Francisco. It was that region’s fourth bomb-related incident in a week.

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