Police arrest Huntington Beach man after finding explosive device,

weapons

Police found a homemade explosive device among an arsenal of weapons

Tuesday night behind a Costa Mesa strip mall. One suspect, 19-year-old

Anouvong Kounlavong of Huntington Beach, was charged with possession of a

destructive device. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. Six teenage

boys who were with Kounlavong were cited for breaking their respective

city's curfew laws.

Police said the group had staked out a video arcade on the 2200 block

of Fairview Road the night before their arrest. Authorities received two

complaints around 11 p.m. about the group, which had congregated behind

the arcade.

When police arrived, they discovered a small, glass vitamin bottle

wrapped in black tape that had a fuse attached to it. Inside the

container was gunpowder.

Police also confiscated several weapons, including a bat, pool cue and

metal bars.

Costa Mesa police Sgt. Don Holford said authorities are unsure who the

group was targeting or why they came to the arcade.-- Greg Risling

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