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Calif. teen arrested for rocket launcher in car

A bomb squad on the scene after a rocket-propelled grenade launcher was found in Novato, Calif. on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. KPIX

(CBS/KPIX) NOVATO, Calif. -- A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday for possession of a destructive device after a 4-foot rocket launcher was found in the backseat of the SUV he was driving, Novato police said.

The unlicensed Novato teen was stopped by a police traffic officer around 9:40 a.m. for playing music too loudly in the Dodge Durango, Cpl. Nick Frey said, reports CBS station KPIX.

Police called the bomb squad from the University of California at Berkeley Police Department, which took possession of the rocket launcher and turned it over to a local military institution, Frey said.

The teen was alone in the SUV when the officer spotted the AT4 rocket launcher in the backseat, Frey said. The weapon was unloaded.

The single-shot, recoilless weapon was developed in the early 1980s and is made in Sweden and the United States.

The teen was booked into juvenile hall, Frey said. The boy's brother, a former member of the military, also responded to the scene, Frey said.

Police are investigating how the teen and his brother came to be in possession of the rocket launcher.

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