Police have arrested a man who allegedly built a homemade explosive device in a soda bottle and then attempted to set it off on a bicycle path, according to a news statement from Cotati police.At around noon on Saturday, Sgt. Dave Houts saw a man walking with a soda bottle wrapped in black duct tape on the bicycle path connecting Loretto Avenue and Benson Lane, police said. The man lit a fuse protruding from the top of the bottle, causing a small flame and popping noise, but the bottle remained in one piece, police said. The man then ran east toward Larch Avenue and into a nearby residence.Rancho Adobe Fire personnel and the Sonoma County Bomb Squad responded to the scene and cordoned off the area. Four nearby residences were evacuated for safety reasons, police said.An officer made contact with two suspects, 20-year-old Sean Coggin and 26-year-old Michael Fugere, both of Rohnert Park, who admitted to knowing about the explosive device. They said it was made of “Piccolo Pete and sand,” police said.Coggin admitted to building and lighting the device and was arrested for possessing an explosive device, which is a felony.Fugere was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.The bomb squad disabled the explosive.
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