Three teen-agers apparently sneaking onto a construction site with explosive devices in their car were arrested Sunday evening after leading police on a 50 m.p.h. chase over dirt roads and through the city, authorities said.
The male juveniles, whose names were not released because of their age, were spotted by a Brea police officer entering a Kiewit-Pacific construction site in the 23600 block of East La Palma Avenue about 6:20 p.m., Sgt. Lester Mesa said.
The youths sped away after seeing an officer, the police said.
Police Officer Mark Hanna said he chased the car and saw the passengers apparently hiding something in the back seat. When he stopped the car on La Palma Avenue east of Weir Canyon Road, Hanna said he spotted what appeared to be six explosive devices in the car.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department's hazardous devices squad removed the devices after police set up a safety zone around the car, police said.
Traffic on La Palma was stopped for two hours.
The juveniles--two brothers ages 15 and 17 from Yorba Linda and a 17-year-old friend from Fullerton--were arrested on suspicion of possession of explosive devices. The youths were released to the custody of their parents, police said.