Big explosives seized from Mission District home

July 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police in San Francisco seized dozens of homemade explosives at the home of a Mission District resident Tuesday afternoon.

At about 2:30 p.m., officers went to a home in the 3300 block of 22nd Street after a concerned citizen reported that a 44-year-old man was believed to have several explosives, according to San Francisco police.

Police contacted Jerry Lopez, a convicted felon, who gave investigators permission to search his home, police said.

Approximately 63 explosive devices were recovered, the equivalent of more than 12 sticks of dynamite, police said.

Some of the explosives were similar to military grade M-1000s, according to police.

Among the explosives, police also found an illegal handgun.

A one-block perimeter was established and residents were asked to shelter in place while police units conducted a sweep of Lopez' residence.

Lopez was arrested and booked on several felonies, including 63 counts of possession of explosives, possession of destructive devices and illegal possession of a firearm.


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