Friday, November 02, 2007

Pipe Bomb detonated. I-5 open!

I am so glad that I don't have to drive through that mess of traffic. To those of you that do, I hope the music's good.

Happy Friday!


SAN DIEGO – Sheriff's bomb-arson investigators detonated a pipe bomb that was found in a backpack on the side of Interstate 5 near La Jolla Village Drive on Friday.

Authorities confer on Interstate 5 after the discovery of a pipe bomb.
The investigation caused a traffic nightmare as authorities closed the freeway in both directions for nearly four hours.

All lanes have since been re-opened, although traffic was still backed up for miles to the north and the south.

Late Friday afternoon, Oceanside police arrested 46-year-old Michael Buffalo, who told investigators he left the pipe bomb on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes on Tuesday, when his car broke down.

Traffic update

Authorities closed the freeway between Interstate 805 and state Route 52 about 12:30 p.m.

Southbound traffic was backed up to Carmel Valley Road while northbound traffic was backed up to Sea World Drive, with speeds as low as 1 mph.

Buffalo led officers and bomb squad deputies to the bomb and it was later detonated.

The investigation began Thursday, when Oceanside police received a tip that someone was threatening to set a bomb off at the Vista Courthouse, said Oceanside Sgt. Leonard Mata.

Officers were able to identify Buffalo as a suspect, and he volunteered to come into the police station for an interview.

That's when he told them about the bomb on the side of the freeway, police said.

A search for more explosives in his Oceanside home on Dunes Place came up empty.

Buffalo is expected to be booked into jail on numerous charges.

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