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Grenade Found During Florida Man Traffic Stop

DAYTONA BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) - Sheriff's deputies found a live grenade in a Florida man's pickup truck after pulling him over for an expired tag.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office a deputy searched Louis Branson's truck after discovering he was driving on a license that had been suspended since 2019.

A search uncovered a glass pipe in the driver's side door, and another in a storage compartment.

Then, he spotted the grenade.

Branson told deputies he had cleaned out a military veteran's home and found the grenade. He said he wasn't sure whether it was active or not.

Louis Branson Mug
Louis Branson (Source: Facebook/Flagler Co. Sheriff's Office)

Deputies closed down a section of the roadway and asked the nearby St. Johns County Sheriff's Office for help with the grenade. It was removed from the truck and detonated.

A records check turned up Branson's criminal history in Florida and Georgia, including burglary, rape, armed robbery forgery, grand theft, battery, and giving a false name to law enforcement, officials said.

"Here's a prime example of how deputies never know what a traffic stop may turn into," Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. "This idiot is lucky he did not blow himself or his truck up."

Branson was arrested and charged with driving with an expired license and possession of drug paraphernalia. An investigation is continuing on the grenade and more charges are possible, the sheriff said.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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