An exploding giant teddy bear led to the arrest of a suspect and the seizure of drugs, weapons and ammunition, police said.
According to an Instagram post by the San Bernardino Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call from a local business owner who said he was told by witnesses that an explosive device had gone off in the parking lot in front of their business.
The exact date or location of the incident was not released.
Surveillance footage from the scene shows a man exiting his vehicle and placing the teddy bear, which contained an explosive device, next to their SUV.
A woman seen entering a red sedan across the parking lot appeared to be startled by the explosion as she rushed into her car.
The suspect waited for the detonation before fleeing, the footage shows.
Detectives investigating the case followed leads and eventually obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence, which led to the discovery of:
- A ghost gun
- Over 200 rounds of ammunition
- Over one kilogram of methamphetamine with packaging for sales
- Illegal aerial fireworks
- A ballistic vest
- U.S. Currency
- Metal pipes and saws, which authorities say are consistent with explosive devices
The suspect was arrested on several felonies. He has not been identified.
Surveillance footage of the explosion can be viewed in the video player above.