Pipe bomb found in sheriff's work crew truck

EUGENE, Ore. - A man sentenced to pick up trash along county roads took a pipe bomb and other explosives onto a sheriff's work crew vehicle in his backpack Tuesday, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Benjamin E. Degroot, 19, of Springfield faces 10 counts of Recklessly Endangering (one count for each person on the truck), Possession of a Destructive Device and Unlawful Manufacturing a Destructive Device.

Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, a sheriff's deputy searching the interior of the work crew truck in West Eugene found the explosives.

The deputy put Degroot in handcuffs and called the bomb squad for help.
Eugene’s Explosive Disposal Unit confirmed that the backpack contained a pipe bomb and other incendiary devices. The bomb squad disarmed the explosives.