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2 men accused of having exploding devices in western Nevada County

Two men accused of setting off pipe bombs in rural Nevada County remained in jail Monday on $100,000 in bond, authorities said.

Corey Orion Hunter, 21, of Los Angeles, and Lake Lamont Phillips, 23, of Martinez, each face charges of possession of a destructive device, possession of a substance with the intent to make a destructive device and criminal conspiracy.

Arrested Sunday, they remained in jail Monday evening on $100,000 bond each, jail records state.

Deputies found the men after responding around 3 p.m. Sunday to reports of explosions in the 11000 block of Brahms Court, west of Penn Valley, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

Officers then traveled to the site of the sounds, finding an area cleared of grass. They spotted a small flame on nearby vegetation, he added.

"A fire did start, but it was out," Royal said. "The officer actually took a hose to it."

Authorities searched the area and found Hunter and Phillips by a car. They told deputies they were involved in the movie industry and worked with pyrotechnics, the sheriff said.

"We ask them — do they have permits to do this. No," Royal said. "Have you contacted the fire department? No."

Deputies found an unexploded device in the nearby car. An explosive ordnance detail from Placer County then responded and dismantled it, he added.

According to Royal, black powder and an accelerant placed inside a pipe composed the devices. A long wire connected the pipe to a battery that, when sparked, caused an explosion.

The sheriff advised people against using any type of device that could spark a fire.

"We want to keep our community safe," he said. "Please, don't be doing this."

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.