The man detained after a pipe bomb was found in his vehicle by police in Northridge was booked Wednesday for reckless possession of a reckless device, according to Lt. Jason Zabel with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police pulled over the driver, identified as David Patton, 52, of Encino for driving erratically and found that he appeared “a little bit under the influence of narcotics” and they spotted “burglary tools” in the vehicle, LAPD Capt. Stephen Carmona said.
After the man was taken into custody on suspicion of narcotics possession, officers began to examine the vehicle, which appeared in aerial video to be a maroon SUV.
“While clearing car of burglary tools, they observed the pipe bomb, which was on the floorboard between the suspect’s legs,” Carmona said.
A responding bomb squad used a robot to remove the device and then detonate it nearby, Carmona said. People in the area, which is near the LAPD’s Devonshire Station, heard an explosion.
The bomb had been detonated by a bomb squad and officers were clearing the vehicle to ensure no other explosive devices were in the car, LAPD Capt. Stephen Carmona said.
Both Devonshire Street and Reseda Boulevard were blocked to vehicle traffic for several blocks, video from Sky5 showed.
Patton was being held on $500,000 bail, Zabel said.