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Bomb found at Coliseum, December 4, 1958

December 4, 2008 |  6:00 am


1958_1209_bomb A time bomb was discovered under a temporary platform for college cheerleaders at the Coliseum.

The device apparently had been set to go off at 2 p.m., which was the starting time of the Nov. 15 UCLA-Oregon game, police said. The clock alarm on the bomb went off but there was a malfunction in the wiring, according to D.A. Wolfer of the police department's crime laboratory.

A maintenance man at the Coliseum found the bomb as workers were dismantling the temporary platform in preparation for an upcoming Rams' game.  The cheerleaders' platform had been put up for the UCLA game and remained for USC games against Notre Dame and UCLA. 

Police said that any college chemistry student could have made the device. Eventually USC students Dave Visel and Neil Baizer, members of the Trojan Knights, were suspended after admitting that they made the smoke bomb. 

--Keith Thursby