Hemet PD, RSO officials investigate report of suspicious device
HEMET – Fears of a possible explosive device found in the 3100 block of West Florida Avenue, near the intersection of Sanderson Avenue, prompted a large response from law enforcement personnel, Monday, June 13. Officials later determined the device was drug-related paraphernalia and posed no threat to the public.
The item was later described as a piece of PVC pipe with two end caps attached to it, which resembled a pipe bomb or some other form of explosive device. It was found between the old Coco’s restaurant and Banner Mattress.
The Hemet Police Dispatch Center received a 911 phone tip shortly before 3:30 p.m. about the suspicious looking device.
City of Hemet Police officers and Riverside County Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team spent several hours at the scene as they used a robot to cautiously check the device. After a robot was used to inspect the pipe, law enforcement officials determined it was a homemade device used to extract THC from marijuana.
Florida Avenue was closed in both directions during their investigation.
Aric Bell with James Anderson reporting for Hemet Valley Incidents
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