(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Police arrested a man attempting to turn in a homemade pipe bomb during the latest Los Angeles gun buyback event, CBS Los Angeles reports.
According to Police Chief Charlie Beck, the man told authorities he was prompted to turn in the device after a conversation with God.
The man said "God no longer wanted him to use that bomb to blow up the Hollywood sign, now he wanted him to turn it in," Beck told CBS Los Angeles.
While people can turn in guns to the police with no questions asked, the same standard does not hold for pipe bombs because they are illegal to make and possess, the chief said.
Police were able to safely detonate the device but have not yet released the man's name.
CBS Los Angeles reports that about 1,200 handguns, rifles, shotguns and assault weapons were turned in at the buyback event.