A device "consistent with a pipe bomb" found along the Cap City Freeway Monday that necessitated the closure of eastbound lanes during the afternoon commute had the "capability of functioning," according to a California Highway Patrol bomb squad spokesperson.
It was not known how the device ended up on a frontage road to the freeway in the area of the Arden Way off-ramp. The off-ramp was also closed while the California Highway Patrol investigated. A Caltrans worker making repairs in the area found the device.
The device was safely detonated approximately three hours after it was spotted.
The device residue was sent to a Bay Area lab for analysis of components, said the CHP's Sgt. Dave Kessler. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is in charge of the investigation.