Police: Explosives Found in Palms Apartment Trigger Evacuations
PALMS, Calif. (KTLA) — Police evacuated an area in Palms on Wednesday morning after finding multiple explosive devices inside an apartment.
The LAPD bomb squad was at the scene in the 3800 block of Overland Avenue.
It all began around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, when police pulled over a man for a routine traffic stop, according to the LAPD.
Officers discovered narcotics and a handgun inside the car, police said.
That prompted police to search the man’s apartment.
Authorities said he cooperated fully with the search.
The apartment was “cluttered” and a least a dozen explosives were found inside, police said.
They would not elaborate on the type of explosives, but residents said police told them they were pipe bombs.
The man was identified by authorities as Robert Wilson.
Investigators described him as a “lone wolf” who was intrigued by explosives, and said the incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.
He was booked on suspicion of possessing an explosive device.
Several apartment buildings in the area were evacuated, as well as local businesses.
Overland Avenue was expected to be closed between Venice and Washington for much of the day as the investigation continued.