5 Pipe Bombs Found During Traffic Stop in California

A man found with multiple pipe bombs during a traffic stop was arrested Sunday in Yuba City, authorities said.

A deputy initiated the stop on a Toyota pickup truck near Franklin and Walton roads, the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The deputy “observed in plain view a can of pepper spray” inside the vehicle, and then determined the driver, identified as Jeffrey Dickerson, 60, was a felon not allowed to possess pepper spray.

A search of Dickerson’s vehicle then located “what appeared to be five pipe bombs, a black powder handgun, and other components that could possibly be used to make destructive devices,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote.

Sheriff’s officials secured and closed off the area, then called for assistance from a Butte County bomb squad, which responded and confirmed the five devices as pipe bombs. The bomb squad gathered the devices and “rendered them safe,” the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office said.

Dickerson was arrested and booked into the Sutter County Jail on numerous charges related to the pipe bombs and firearms. Jail records show he was booked on 22 charges, including 13 counts of reckless possession of an explosive or destructive device on a public street.

Dickerson is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail and was scheduled to appear Wednesday in Sutter Superior Court.

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