Police Find Two Pipe Bombs in Car at NB I-29 at 56th Street

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was a routine traffic stop that led to the discovery of two pipe bombs in Kansas City, Mo., late Tuesday afternoon.

A 23-year-old man was pulled over by police for speeding. When officers searched the man's car, they found the bombs in the trunk. Police said anything could have set the bombs off at anytime.

Linda Long was enjoying a warm fall day on her porch swing when the situation unfolded in front of her. She said it was like something you see on TV.

"I was a little alarmed because I didn't know," she said.

Police, following a red Dodge Charger, pulled over a 23-year-old driver for speeding just feet from where Long was sitting.

"Right in front of my house," she said.

Outstanding warrants put the man under arrest and a routine search of the car was underway.

It's what officers found in the trunk of the car that shut down northbound traffic on I-29 and forced neighbors inside.

"I was looking out the door and they started moving the cars away from here and that's a little alarming," Long said. "Then they came up and saw me at the door and told me to go back in and close the door because they found something in the car -- they didn't say what."

The discovery was a pipe bomb and the department's bomb and arson squad was immediately called in.

Dressed in full protective gear, another officer assessing the situation found a second pipe bomb in the trunk of the car.

"The device had a wick on it where if it lit at any time it could have exploded," said Kansas City Police Captain Donna Greenwell, "or if it was unstable and it shook it could have blown up."

The devices were detonated safely on scene. Officers said it's lucky the situation unfolded the way it did.

"They are explosive devices so they are unstable, so there are numerous things that could have set it off," Greenwell said.

For Long, the idea is frightening.

"It's just really kind of scary with the world today and bombs and you hear about it on the news all the time, but you don't think about it in my front yard, you know?" Long said.

Police said the suspect was uncooperative. ATF is still investigating the situation. Until the man is charged, police are not releasing his identity.

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