Traffic Stop Results in an Explosives Investigation
Published on January 25, 2023
The Lincoln Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate explosives found after a traffic stop this morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. at NW 7th St and W Cornhusker Hwy. A Northwest Team officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle after observing it with no licenses plates. Upon contact with the driver, a 23-year-old male from Lincoln, evidence of narcotics was observed in plain view. The driver, who was not the owner of the vehicle, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
In searching the vehicle related to the narcotics investigation, suspicious devices were located, and were believed to be possible homemade explosives. The Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) Bomb Squad responded, confirmed the hazardous nature of two of the devices, and safely detonated them. No injuries were sustained in this process.
Officers continued the investigation into the devices and soon located the owner of the vehicle, a 24-year-old Lincoln man, in his northwest Lincoln apartment. While in the apartment, officers requested LFR bomb technicians respond as additional suspicious items were located. The apartment building, with a total of six apartments, was evacuated for public safety. The area around the apartment building, NW 8th between W Cornhusker Hwy and W Saunders, was blocked to minimize traffic in the area.
The devices located in the apartment were removed by LFR bomb technicians and rendered safe away from the building. No one was injured in this process.
Currently, our investigators are working to understand the circumstances surrounding the explosive devices and if any other individuals are involved. This remains and on-going investigation. We continue to ask the community to avoid the area.
We want to thank the great work by officers in discovering these dangerous devices and LFR Bomb Squad for rendering these devices safe.