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An 18-inch pipe bomb — found behind a Catholic church in Philadelphia on Sunday by a passerby — launched an investigation and brought local bomb squad authorities to investigate the scene.
Philadelphia Police Department officials told a local Fox News affiliate that a passerby found a PVC pipe with capped ends and black powder near Conrail train tracks behind St. Dominic’s Catholic Church just before 1:40 p.m. in Philadelphia’s Holmesburg section.
Authorities shut down surrounding streets while a bomb squad removed the pipe bomb and transported it back to police headquarters.
No injuries were reported.
St. Dominic’s has not responded to requests for comment.
Authorities discovered the pipe bomb one day after Auxiliary Bishop of the Los Angeles David O’Connell was shot dead in his home in the Los Angeles County suburb of Hacienda Heights Saturday afternoon.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said Sunday that authorities investigating the death of O’Connell are handling the situation as a murder investigation, a spokesperson told The Daily Wire.
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