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Man arrested after explosives found in vehicle on I-71

The man allegedly claimed the explosive devices were made for the purpose of handling a rodent problem at a family farm.
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CLEVELAND — A man was arrested early Friday morning after four small homemade explosive devices were allegedly found during a traffic stop by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 2007 Ford Escape was stopped around 1:45 a.m. due to a vehicle defect and a registration violation at I-71 South and W. 130th Street. While the driver was stopping the vehicle, the state trooper conducting the stop noticed an unusual amount of movement in the vehicle. The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle and did comply, noting to the trooper that there was a firearm in the vehicle.

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The firearm was being improperly transported, and while the trooper was searching the vehicle, four small homemade explosive devices were found, authorities said. The man allegedly claimed that the explosive devices were made for the purpose of handling a rodent problem at a family farm south of the location of the traffic stop.

The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Wade L. Boone of Cleveland. He was taken to the Cuyahoga County Jail and booked on the charge of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance. He also faces charges of improper handling of a firearm and having weapons while under disability. All three are felony offenses.

Authorities say it is not believed at this time that there was any domestic terrorism plan with the explosive devices. It is believed that no public places were to be targeted.

The Cleveland Division of Police, Linndale police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with this incident, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

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Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on Sept. 21, 2021.

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