A Spokane man stopped on a traffic violation Monday was carrying an explosive device in his car, police said.
Kelly R. Parr, 33, who gave his address as 2513 W. Gordon, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on several charges.
Police said they stopped a car about 1 a.m. Monday at Second and Stevens for an illegal turn. The driver was identified as Parr.
When police checked his name, they said they found he was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The vehicle was registered to another name, and Parr did not have insurance so he was booked for that as well, police said.
When police checked the car, they said they found a cantaloupesized ball with masking tape and screws taped to the outside.
When police saw a fuse sticking out of the device, they set it by a curb, taped off the area and called the Explosives Disposal Unit.
Unit officers removed the device and disposed of it.
A police supervisor said the device was a type of anti-personnel bomb and contained both metal screws and glass.
Parr told police that he had found the device in an alley a week before and kept it only for the screws. He said he didn’t know it was a bomb.
Police said Parr also had a bag of cigarettes without tax stamps. Parr told police a friend had given the cigarettes to him but couldn’t remember the friend’s name.
The explosives portion of the case has been turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.