A man living in a trailer in a Pinole driveway was arrested Sunday after he was found to be in possession of an explosive device that contained nails, bullet slugs, gunpowder and birdshot, police said. Pinole police had received information from the FBI that the man, 37-year-old Philip Penn, had an explosive device and had threatened to detonate it, according to the Police Department.
The Walnut Creek police bomb squad was dispatched to the trailer, located in the 2200 block of Simas Avenue, and nearby homes were evacuated around 9 p.m. Sunday. Police communicated with Penn using a public address system, and asked him to come out of the trailer.
He complied and was detained. Pinole police and the Walnut Creek bomb squad searched the trailer and found the item, and the bomb squad “rendered it safe,” police said. Penn was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for possession of a destructive device or explosive.
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