A man was arrested in Irvine on Wednesday after investigators searching for guns found an explosive device that was being constructed in a residence, police said.
Irvine police at 4:45 p.m. said on social media there was an active police investigation in the 600 block of Springbrook North, which is near Springbrook Elementary School.
Irvine Police Department spokesperson Karie Davies later said officers had been called there to retrieve weapons related to a gun violence restraining order. During a search, a suspicious item was found at the residence and determined by authorities to be a nascent explosive device. An Orange County Fire Authority Hazmat team was called to assist at the scene, Davies added.
Davies said the device was in the process of being destroyed.
The suspect was only identified as a 45-year-old Irvine resident who resided at the home where the restraining order was being served. It wasn’t immediately known what charges he may face.
No nearby residences were evacuated during the incident.
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