A pipe bomb exploded in an Anaheim alley on Sunday, causing minor damage to a wall in the area but no injuries, according to police.
The explosion occurred in an alley near North Anaheim Boulevard and West Wilhelmina Street just before 2 p.m., police and local residents said.
No injuries were reported.
“The potential was very strong that someone could have been injured had they been here,” Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
The explosion sounded “too loud to be a gunshot,” according to Anaheim resident Katie Cram.
Others in the area said it shook their homes, and local residents were briefly evacuated while officials canvased the area, Wyatt said. They were later allowed to return home.
The explosion’s force caused an end cap to fly about 50 feet and cut through a wooden fence, police said.
The damage occurred to the walls of a shuttered business, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Anaheim police and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were investigating the bomb and trying to determine who made it.