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Jefferson County deputies found more than bombs during traffic stop

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said the pipe bombs were found by a deputy during a traffic stop on Jarvis Road in Hillsboro

HILLSBORO, Mo. — Jefferson County deputies found more than a couple pipe bombs during a traffic stop Tuesday, the sheriff has revealed.

Deputies pulled over a driver on Jarvis Road near Old Missouri 21 in Hillsboro. The deputies found what looked like pipe bombs, so they called in the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bomb and Arson team to help investigate.

The pipe bombs were confirmed to be real and live, a St. Louis County Police Department’s spokesperson confirmed. The bombs were properly disposed of.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak gave an update Wednesday that revealed deputies found other items of note during the traffic stop.

“Suspect vehicle with pipe bombs yesterday was equipped with emergency lights, and within the vehicle deputies located a ‘Bail Bondsman’ badge, bullet resistant vest, handcuffs and powdered substance (presumably narcotics),” Sheriff Marshak tweeted.

He said the investigation is ongoing.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confirmed with 5 On Your Side that an agent also responded to the scene to investigate the incident.

"ATF was notified and an ATF Special Agent/ Certified Explosives Specialist responded along with members of the St Louis County Bomb and Arson Unit.   The case is still under investigation.  Should federal charges be warranted, we will present the case to the United States Attorney’s Office," the ATF said in an emailed statement Wednesday.