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Whit Johnson ReportingAuthorities have shut down part of Roy, in Weber County, while they examine numerous explosives. Police say a man they arrested for leaving bombs at a car wash last week told them about these bombs.
It's happening at 5600 South and 3500 West in Roy. The bomb squad is using robots to examine four explosive devices behind a Maverik gas station. They were found around 6:30 p.m.
Roy police got a tip from Layton police about the explosives. Layton officers arrested 30-year-old Curtis Beeman, who is a suspect in regards to an incident last week in which some pipe bombs were found in a garbage can at a car wash in Layton.
Layton police say Beeman told them he dumped a handful of explosive devices behind the Maverik station.
Officials are still working to determine whether the devices are a threat to the public. They say they'll detonate the devices tonight.
They have evacuated about six homes, some businesses and a satellite campus for Weber State University in the area. There is a possibility that in the process of detonating those devices a small brush fire could break out. Crews are prepared for that.
Another concern is that police only see four explosive devices. Beeman reportedly told them there could be as many as 20.
Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham said, "He's indicated as many as 20 bombs he thought he left here. We only have four. I have a serious concern that some kids have found them, somebody's said, 'Hey this is cool.' They might think they're fireworks. If they're in the community, we need to find them."
The suspect is cooperating with police. Officers say he has a criminal history, but would not elaborate on it.