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Kansas highway closed after patrolman finds explosives

LARNED, Kan. | A traffic stop on Kansas 156 resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly had two explosive devices in his car.

Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Sgt. Ron Knoefel said in a statement that a 27-year-old Great Bend man was pulled over for speeding Tuesday afternoon in Pawnee County.

The patrol says the car matched one that had been involved in an earlier hit-and-run accident in Larned, though that investigation is continuing.

Knoefel's statement says the first explosive device was in plain view of the patrolman, who searched the vehicle and found another device.

The highway patrol's bomb squad closed off a four-mile section of Kansas 156 west of Larned for about 6½ hours to remove the devices. Knoefel did not release details about the type of explosives.

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