By CBSLA Staff

REDONDO BEACH (CBSLA) – Redondo Beach Police said Robert Colt Wilson is in custody after an arson investigation that began around midnight Saturday led police to several other locations where they discovered improvised explosive devices.

“Improvised explosives were located and rendered safe at one of te scenes. Currently, there are no outstanding suspects and there is no further danger to the public,” a Redondo Beach Police statement said.

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Officers were dispatched at about 12:35 a.m. to a home in the 200 block of Torrance Boulevard regarding an arson investigation, and safely evacuated the occupants from inside the location, said Sgt. Mark Valdivia of the Redondo Beach Police Department.

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The Redondo Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the fire.

“…large explosions, but it sounded like fireworks to me,” Sheri Carrier, a Redondo resident, said. “I thought it was fireworks, but then there were so many police cars flying down the street.”

Due to what authorities referred to as “circumstances surrounding the ignition source,” police called in a sheriff’s Bomb Squad Unit while several streets were cordoned off “to ensure that there is no further danger to the public.”

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Investigators pinpointed two other locations, a Public Storage facility where officials appeared to be removing items, and then to an apartment complex in Rolling Hills Estates where LA County Sheriff’s officials, including some in armored vehicles, were on the scene.

“So, I’m looking around and there’s a policemen here, policemen there, tactical gear, about 15 police officers, and then at least…counted at least 12 police cars,” Rolling Hills Estates resident Kathi Cupery said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said they were also assisted the in the investigation.


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