Police have arrested two people found with explosives in their car earlier this week, one of whom allegedly admitted to setting off homemade pipe bombs in the Livermore area last year.Officers responded to a Taco Bell at 985 East Stanley Blvd. at about 7 p.m. on Monday after a customer tried to buy food with a counterfeit $100 bill, according to Livermore police.Arriving officers contacted Andrew Mateo, 27, and Matthew Swanson, 21, in the restaurant parking lot. Police said the suspects admitted to trying to use a counterfeit bill and also told police there were explosive materials in their car.The Alameda County Sheriff’s bomb squad was called in and confirmed that the car contained gunpowder, fuses and pipe.Police said Mateo told investigators he was responsible for manufacturing explosive devices and setting them off in the Springtown area in September.No injuries resulted from the early morning explosions, which occurred on Springtown Boulevard, in the 1600 block of Gladiolus Court and in the 1400 block of Spring Valley Common.A search of Mateo’s home yielded more materials used to make pipe bombs, police said. No bomb-making materials were found at Swanson’s home.Both were arrested for possession of counterfeit currency and possession of an explosive device in public.
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