Pipe bombs found by Fla. police during traffic stop

By Kevin Deutsch
The Palm Beach Post

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. What started as a traffic stop on a gold Nissan Sentra early this morning led to the discovery of two pipe bombs, masks and gloves and 15-feet of PVC pipe inside the car.

Boynton Beach police have detained the four men who were inside the car when Officer Vincent Haugh stopped it in on North Federal Highway around 2:24 a.m.

Three suspects are from suburban Lake Worth. The fourth is from Boynton Beach. Their ages range from 21 to 22. Police are not releasing their names.

Haugh stopped the car after he saw one of the men throw something out a window. When he approached the vehicle and asked for identification, none of the occupants had any to provide.

The men were asked to step out of the car. As they did, Haugh noticed what looked like two pipe bombs on the floorboard. The devices were about the size of a fist. Each was wrapped in duct tape and had a fuse.

Police also found masks and gloves. In the trunk of the car they discovered about 15-feet of PVC pipe.

The sheriff's office bomb unit and ATF were notified and the road was closed off from the 500 block of N. Federal Highway to Martin Luther King Jr.

The bomb unit confirmed the devices were pipe bombs and destroyed them at 5:26 a.m., and 5:34 a.m., police said.

One of the suspects told investigators they had been making pipe bombs, police said. Their motive was not known.

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