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Police find homemade bomb in car





A routine early morning traffic stop turned out to be anything but routine when the officer -- during a search of the vehicle -- found drugs and a homemade explosive device.

The stop ended nearly six hours later after two members of the Kansas Highway Patrol's bomb squad successfully defused the device, Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler said Monday.

The driver of the vehicle, Lloyd C. Symns, 32, a rural Ellis County resident, was taken into custody on a series of charges stemming from the discovery of the explosive device, as well as drug-related charges.

The traffic stop, for speeding, occurred at 2:12 a.m. Monday, Scheibler said, in the 1000 bock of Reservation Road.

During the stop, the officer was given permission to search the vehicle and methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was discovered.

But the officer also found "a homemade explosive device," Scheibler said.

The device had a fuse sticking out from it.

In response, the KHP's bomb disposal unit was called and two members of the team responded.

Shortly before 8 a.m., the bomb unit was able to defuse the device without incident.

"Homemade explosive devices," Scheibler said, "are especially dangerous because they often are unstable."

Scheibler didn't want to say much out the device, other than it was in a glass container.

Symns was being held Monday without bail in the Ellis County Jail on pending charges of possession of an explosive device as well as possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges.