Bomb found at Coliseum, December 4, 1958


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

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

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
This entry was posted in LAPD, Sports. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply. Note: Your IP is logged with your comment so a fake name and email address are useless.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s