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Valley pipe-bomb suspect charged after evacuations, closure of intersection

The intersection of Devonshire Street and Reseda Boulevard in Northridge was closed after pipe bombs were discovered in a car during a routine traffic stop on March 20, 2014.

March 21, 2014 2:36:00 PM PDT
A man carrying pipe bombs in his car that forced evacuations and the closure of a Valley intersection was charged Friday.

Encino resident David Patton, 52, was charged Friday with four felony counts of possession of a destructive device on a public street and one charge of transportation of a controlled substance.

Patton was pulled over by police Thursday afternoon at a gas station at the intersection of Devonshire Street and Reseda Boulevard in Northridge. Officers discovered what appeared to be a pipe bomb. A subsequent search turned two additional pipe bombs, according to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.

Methamphetamine was also found in the vehicle.

Police closed the intersection and evacuated people from surrounding businesses and residences.

Patton was held on $530,000 bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum possible sentence of six years and eight months in jail.