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Sonoma Co. Man Arrested After Explosion Outside Guerneville Grocery Store

A Sonoma County man was arrested after igniting an explosive device and throwing it under a Sonoma County Sheriff’s patrol car on Friday afternoon.

The deputy who was driving the vehicle was getting lunch at a nearby Safeway in Guerneville when the incident occurred and was not injured.

A loud explosion was heard from inside the store and as the deputy ran out, he saw people pointing to a man running away and being chased by an off-duty law enforcement officer who was able to catch up and tackle him.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was holding a backpack when being arrested and it was believed to contain more explosive devices. He was transported to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Substation while other deputies evacuated the store and surrounding area.

One witness near the explosion suffered minor injuries and was able to return to work after being treated at the scene.

No additional information was immediately available.

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