Police identify the Concord flash bomber

CONCORD (BCN) —  Police on Tuesday identified a man who was arrested Saturday after his wife called to report that he was trying to make a bomb in their Concord apartment, police said.

Officers arrested Nathaniel Nielsen, a 37-year-old Concord man, on suspicion of child endangerment and possessing materials that could be assembled into an explosive, Concord police Cpl. Christopher Blakely said.

On Saturday, officers responded at 5:49 p.m. to the 1800 block of Robin Lane after a woman reported that her husband was intoxicated and was trying to make a “flash bomb.”

When police arrived, the officers could smell a strong chemical odor emanating from the apartment, police said.

After evacuating the building and the nearby area, Contra Costa County Hazmat and the Walnut Creek Police Department’s bomb squad arrived to render the area safe.

Police arrested Nielsen and booked him in jail. The area was closed off for roughly three hours, police said

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