Posted: Jun 28, 2011 5:30 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
LOCKPORT, La. (AP) - When a pickup truck crashed Monday in southeastern Louisiana, authorities made a surprising discovery: 10 pipe bombs that were later detonated safely.
The one-vehicle rollover crash happened around 7:30 a.m. on Louisiana Highway 308, said Trooper Bryan Zeringue. A 1998 GMC truck missed a curve, struck a guard rail and flipped over into a ditch, Zeringue said.
As emergency crews were trying to right the truck, they noticed the devices, Zeringue said. Nine of the bombs were made with plastic pipe and one was made with galvanized metal pipe, he said.
The driver was airlifted to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center where he was in stable condition.
Zeringue identified the man as 53-year-old Tony A. Baristich, of Terrytown, La., and said formal charges are expected to be filed Tuesday though he didn't elaborate.
Investigators refused to speculate on what the man intended to do with the devices - or to say if he had revealed that to investigators.
A bomb disposal team took the devices to an empty field and detonated them after burying them. Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were investigating, along with state police.
A stretch of the highway - located in a remote area of Lafourche Parish - was closed for several hours before being reopened.