Two in custody after police find several explosives in northwest Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Two men are in custody after police found several explosives in northwest Lincoln on Wednesday.

Around 1 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle near Northwest 7th Street and West Cornhusker Highway for not having license plates.

The driver, a 23-year-old Lincoln man, was arrested on suspicion of possessing meth, police say.

During a search of the vehicle, the officer found two explosives.

“He was in the military, so he recognized the suspicious nature of it,” Ewins said. “We also have training with regards to looking at these devices in the academy, as well as ongoing training that when something is suspicious like that, you need to back out ’cause you don’t know what it is, and it could be dangerous.”

The bomb squad was then called in to “safely detonate” the explosives.

Police then found the 24-year-old man who owned the vehicle at his apartment near Northwest 8th Street and West Cornhusker Highway.

The apartment was evacuated for public safety.

The bomb squad then arrived at the apartment and found “two to three” more explosives, according to Ewins.

She says that the explosives were homemade and that authorities are still working to determine how dangerous they were.

“You always go on the side of caution, and you want to make your scene as large as possible because you just don’t know,” she said. “It really is the work later to determine what type of device it was, the components involved in that, and that really determines how dangerous it is.”

Lincoln resident Tatiana Iniguez said she’s worried about being so close to this kind of danger.

“I kind of had, like, an out of body experience,” she said. “I just can’t believe how unsafe it is; it’s literally right behind my mom’s building. I feel like maybe I shouldn’t be dropping my kids off here ’cause it’s just not safe.”

Police say the apartment complex had six units, five of which were occupied before the evacuation.

Ewins said those residents have been displaced while police remain on the scene.

The police department says it will not be naming the suspects until the investigation is complete.

An investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

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