Meridian Traffic Stop Triggers Bomb Possession Arrest

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William Hanaman, 51, is charged with unlawful possession of destructive devices or bombs, driving without privileges and possession of drug paraphernalia. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • William Hanaman, 51, is charged with unlawful possession of destructive devices or bombs, driving without privileges and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Sunday evening traffic stop in Meridian resulted in the Boise Bomb Squad being summoned to the scene and the arrest of a Wilder man on charges of possessing explosives.

Meridian police stopped the vehicle Sunday evening near a gas station at Ten Mile Road near Pine Avenue after the driver allegedly failed to use a turn signal. Police said they took notice of "an item of concern," triggering a perimeter to be set up around the vehicle and summoning the bomb squad. Technicians were able to remove the suspicious device about two hours later.

Meridian police said the driver indicated that the device was indeed an explosive—a CO2 container with a fuse. 

William Hanaman, 51, of Wilder was booked into the Ada County Jail and charged with a felony count of unlawful possession of a destructive device or bomb, plus misdemeanor charges of driving without privileges and possession of drug paraphernalia. He's slated for a court appearance later today.