Authorities Discover Explosive Device In South East Lubbock
Tuesday morning, a man is in police custody after authorities found an explosive device inside his car. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta spent the morning on the scene uncovering details.
Just before 1 a.m. Lubbock police pulled over a suspicious car at the intersection of South Loop 289 & University Avenue. Authorities say the silver Eclipse had just left a house with suspected drug and gang related activity. Police believed the man inside the car was in possession of narcotics. But when they searched the car they found an explosive device inside a plastic shopping bag. The suspect told police he built the device himself.
Authorities called in the Bomb squad to remove the device from the car. Officers removed the materials using special equipment and took it to their range on West 19th Street. That's where it will be destroyed after further investigation.
For safety reasons, police evacuated University Shopping Center across the street. They also closed the South Loop at Indiana to Avenue X. Traffic was diverted from University Avenue.