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LAPD: 'God no longer wanted him to blow up the Hollywood sign,' man with pipe bomb tells officers at gun buyback event

The Hollywood sign shows off a new paint job on Dec. 4, 2012.
The Hollywood sign shows off a new paint job on Dec. 4, 2012.
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CBS LA reports that a man turned in a pipe bomb during a gun buyback event last weekend, telling officers, "God no longer wanted him to use that bomb to blow up the Hollywood sign. Now he wanted him to turn it in," according to Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. 

Police said the device was safely detonated. The man, whose name has not been released, was nevertheless arrested at the drop-off location. 

"This is not a pipe bomb buyback; this is a gun buyback," Beck said. "Pipe bombs are illegal to possess, illegal to manufacture."

Approximately 1,200 firearms were turned in at the city's sixth gun buyback event, said officials. Handguns, shotguns and rifles made up most of the arsenal, reports CBS LA. Close to 50 assault weapons were also handed in.

“Some of the assault weapons that were collected, these are weapons of war,” said Beck.

Among the weapons turned in were “a couple AK-47s” and an antique “Tommy Gun”-style weapon, according to Police Chief Beck.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa referred to each gun off the street as "one less opportunity for tragedy, one less weapon that can lead to the loss of life."