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Waterloo Bomb squad blows up explosive device; one man arrested

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The Waterloo Police bomb squad safely disarmed a homemade explosive device discovered in a car Wednesday night at the Liberty Car Company.

Captain Tim Pillack says officers were called to Liberty Car Company at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after it was reported that an unnamed woman had taken a Ford Focus for a test drive but hadn't returned the car.

Pillack says the woman showed up to return the car at about 4:10 p.m. and her friend, 33-year old Daniel Dean Devries, showed up at about 4:20 p.m. driving a Ford Explorer from another dealership.

Pillack says at around 7:50 p.m., a possible explosive device was discovered in a backpack in the front seat of the Explorer that Devries was driving. The owner of Liberty Car Company said the Explorer was from another car dealership.

Waterloo Police arrested Devries, charging him with possession of an incendiary device as well as possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

The woman has not been charged with a crime at this time.

The owner of Liberty Car Company, Alton Sharff, told KWWL he does not feel his dealership or employees were targeted.

However, he said he hopes police can figure out why Devries had an explosive device in another dealership's vehicle in the first place.

Police blocked the intersection of East Mullan and Hwy. 63 on Wednesday, re-routed traffic and called in the bomb squad. The bomb squad used its robot to retrieve the suspicious device and disarm it.

Devries is being held in the Black Hawk County Jail.

There were no injuries.

Eric Page and Shelley Russell contributed to this report.

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