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Explosive devices are found in Lathrop home
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Photo courtesy of the Lathrop Police Department A Lathrop man was arrested early Sunday morning after a domestic disturbance call revealed that he was manufacturing destructive devices inside of the home. T

A Lathrop resident was arrested on Sunday after a domestic disturbance call revealed that they were manufacturing explosive devices inside of their home.

Lathrop Police were tipped off about the activities of the suspect – whose name was not released – after responding to a call for service for a domestic dispute on the 18000 block of Admiral Way. Officers contacted the Manteca Police Department who sent officers from the agency’s bomb squad to investigate the case further.

Officers detained the suspect without incident and obtained a warrant to search the residence with the assistance of bomb squad officers from Manteca. During the search law enforcement discovered multiple items, devices, and materials that were used in manufacturing destructive devices.

The suspect was ultimately charged with making criminal threats and brandishing a weapon and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail with additional charges of possession of a destructive device.

The Lathrop Manteca Fire District also assisted on the call.

The Lathrop Police Department released a photograph with the announcement of the arrest that shows what appear to be several homemade devices that resemble very large M-80 fireworks – some of which appear encased in cardboard tubes with an exposed wick.

Homemade explosives like the ones recovered are often attributed to injuries to the people who set them off since they don’t have to follow the same safety standards as manufactured fireworks. Using the wrong wick or fuse, for example, can result in the device detonating before it is safely deployed.

To contact Bulletin reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.