Monday, March 28, 2016

Bomb Detonated Near Disneyland Easter Sunday

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Here's a little news nugget that you may not have been aware of.  It turns out there was a fairly powerful pipe bomb detonated in an alley in a neighborhood in Anaheim, CA.  Just three miles from the happiest place on earth, Disneyland:
The bomb was powerful enough that it shook nearby houses.  One of the end caps of the bomb blew a perfectly circular hole through a nearby fence, and the neighborhood was evacuated briefly.  Fortunately there were no injuries, although it's lucky that there was no one in the alley when the bomb went off.  There's no indication that Disneyland itself was affected, or that anyone inside the park even knew about it.

So why haven't we heard about this?  There's a few reasons, I suppose.  No one was hurt in the bombing.  Outside of a small blurb there's really no incentive to report it.  The local media reported it, of course, because it was a newsworthy local event.  It's not every day that a pipe bomb that powerful goes off in a residential neighborhood in an urban sprawl.  Nationally, though, the story resulted in a collective "meh."

Should we be concerned about this?  Absolutely we should.  The bomb was detonated Easter Sunday near a major world tourist destination.  Just a few days after the Brussels terror attacks no less.  The fact that it took place less than 3 miles from a worldwide tourist mecca is also cause for concern.  There's no indication at this time that this event was terror-related.  The news report makes the point that the bomb, while powerful, was not sophisticated.  The cops even said just about anyone could have put it together.  This could be as simple as some dumb ass kid trying to have some fun.  Still, though, world events and circumstances dictate that we at least give this a closer look than normal.

Hopefully the Anaheim police feel the same way.
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