LOS ANGELES, Calif. — An explosive device found in a man’s vehicle during a traffic stop today prompted authorities to go to the motorist’s Palms-area residence, where a number of possible explosive devices were found, police said.
A bomb squad was sent to the apartment building in the 3800 block of Overland Avenue about 6:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
Evacuations of that building and three nearby buildings were ordered, and traffic was routed away from the area while an investigation was conducted.
An evacuation center was established at the Veterans Auditorium in Culver City, at 4117 Overland Ave.
According to LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado, officers conducted a traffic stop this morning and found an explosive device in the suspect’s vehicle.
The investigation led them to the man’s apartment, where other possible explosive devices were found, Preciado said. The bomb squad was working to remove the items.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that more than a dozen pipe bombs were found in the suspect’s residence.
“This appears to be just a lone wolf type of individual,” Preciado told reporters. “There’s no connection with terrorism. This is an individual who apparently seemed to be intrigued with explosive devices.”
His name was not immediately released.