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Ethel I. Baker Elementary School Pipe Bomb & Zip Gun Investigation

At 8:19 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a call from a school employee of Ethel Baker Elementary School located on the 5700 block of Laurine Way in Sacramento County regarding a suspicious pipe that looked like an explosive device sitting on the sidewalk in front of the school.

One device was a 2.5 inch diameter steel pipe sealed at both ends with an improvised fuse.  Inside the pipe was metal shrapnel, clay putty, several firecrackers and gasoline.  The second device was a zip gun fashioned out of steel piping with a spring loaded cap and a 12 gauge shotgun round.  Both devices were live and rendered safe at the scene by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD).

CSI collected evidence at the scene including video surveillance and detectives are investigating.  No suspect(s) have been identified and no other information is available at this time.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).


Sergeant Rod Grassmann

Sheriff’s Spokesman



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