Police detectives arrested two Fairfield residents Wednesday night in connection with an Aug. 12 vehicle explosion involving a military-grade explosive device. On Aug. 12, a vehicle in the 1200 block of Tyler Street sustained major damage after an explosive device was detonated inside of it.A post-blast investigation conducted by Fairfield police, the Yolo County bomb squad and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms determined the explosive was an M115A2 artillery simulator, which is used to simulate artillery blasts during training of military personnel.Detectives identified suspects from the vehicle owner’s contacts who had prior military training and access to explosives, and the investigation led to three houses in Fairfield.A Fairfield police SWAT team served search warrants at residences in the 1600 block of Dover Avenue, the 300 block of San Andreas Street and the 2700 block of Owens Street.Michael Whittington, 23, was arrested on suspicion of the unlawful possession and use of an explosive device and criminal conspiracy.An unidentified 17-year-old resident was also arrested on the same charges.Four more artillery simulators were recovered during the search, along with four M116A1 grenade simulators. All are military-grade explosives capable of causing “great destruction, bodily injury or death,” according to police.More arrests are expected as the investigation continues, police said.
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