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A man is behind bars after carrying what looked like a pipe bomb in Tracy Monday evening that ended up being a car airbag inflator.
The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office says they were called about a man with a reported pipe bomb near South Schulte Road and International Parkway at around 5:30 p.m.
Deputies arrived and commanded the man to set the device in his hand down before taking him into custody, according to officials.
Deputies say that surrounding businesses in the area were evacuated and the San Joaquin County Bomb Squad was called in to assess the device.
Officials determined that the device was a car airbag inflator and two others were found in the man’s vehicle.
Investigators say the devices can be dangerous if not used as intended.
Deputies said all three inflators were “rendered safe at a secure location.”
The sheriff’s office says the area has been reopened and deemed safe.
The man who had the devices was booked for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
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TRACY, Calif. (KTXL) — Several businesses in Tracy have been evacuated after authorities say they found possible explosive devices Monday evening.
The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office announced at 6:12 p.m. that multiple devices were found in the area of South Schulte Road and Mountain House Parkway.
Around 8:30 p.m., officials said they were searching a suspect’s vehicle.
The sheriff’s explosive ordnance disposal is investigating the devices while businesses in the area are evacuated.
Sheriff’s office officials warned the public to stay out of the area during their investigation.
No other details about the devices and their location have been released.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.