TRACY, Calif. — Update: May 4
An explosive device originally described as a pipe bomb was revealed to be an air bag inflator, the San Joaquin Sheriff's Office said.
The sheriff's office said the call came in around 5:30 p.m. on May 3 regarding a person with a possible pipe bomb in the area of South Schulte Road and the International Parkway in Tracy.
"Patrol Deputies responded quickly and made contact with the subject, who was holding what appeared to be a pipe bomb in his hand. He followed commands to set the device down and was taken into custody without incident," the sheriff's office said on Facebook Tuesday.
The incident caused nearby businesses to be evacuated. After the bomb squad arrived, they determined that the described "pipe bomb" was actually a vehicle airbag inflator. Authorities said two similar devices were found in the suspect's vehicle and all of them were rendered safe.
The suspect was booked for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
9 p.m. Update:
Several explosive devices have been found near businesses west of Tracy, according to the San Joaquin Sheriff's Office.
In a tweet, the sheriff's office said the devices were located and deputies then began searching the suspect's vehicle.
Deputies have since reopened the roadway after the area was rendered safe.
Several businesses have been evacuated as a bomb squad investigates reports of possible explosive devices in an area west of Tracy, Monday evening.
According to the San Joaquin Sheriff's office, a man called 911 around 5:30 p.m. and told dispatch that he was going into a 7-Eleven with a bomb.
Deputies say when they arrived at the actual business, a Valero gas station, they detained the suspect at gunpoint. When they approached the man, they found he had a pipe bomb.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office Explosives Ordinance Team was called in to investigate the devices, found in the area of S. Schulte Road and Mountain House Parkway.
Businesses in the plaza were evacuated immediately.
The suspect's car is still in the area and will be searched for more suspicious devices. Law enforcement also plans to search the man's home.
Officials will be in the area for quite some time as they either safely detonate or render the remaining devices safe. Residents have been asked to avoid the area while the team investigates.
The suspect's identity and motive have not been released.
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