Pipe bombs found in home, man arrested

PETALUMA (BCN)

Police and the FBI today are continuing to search a northeast Petaluma home where two explosive devices “similar to” pipe bombs were found, a police lieutenant said.

Police went to the two-story home in the 900 block of Quarry Street around 5:30 p.m. Monday after a family member reported that 30-year-old Ismail Moylan was despondent and possibly in possession of a firearm, Lt. Tim Lyons said.

Three homes in the area were evacuated, and police closed Quarry Street.

One device was found at the home around 7 p.m. Monday and two others were found early this morning. One was determined not to be explosive.

The other two were disabled safely on site by the Sonoma County sheriff’s bomb squad, Lyons said. Police also found a gun at the home.

Moylan gave himself up and was taken into custody.

The evacuated residents were allowed back into their homes early this morning, Lyons said.

Officers were continuing to search the home mid-morning today.

Police alerted staff at Corona Creek Elementary School on nearby Hartman Lane about the search this morning as a precaution because Quarry Street is a route to the K-6 school, Lyons said.

However, Lyons said, “There was no threat to the school.”

Moylan was booked into Sonoma County Jail for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and felony possession of a destructive device in public, a jail employee said.

He is being held on $250,000 bail, and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Sonoma County Superior Court.

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