A Petaluma man was being held on $1 million bail Tuesday night after allegedly prompting a bomb scare in a usually quiet neighborhood.
Police identified the man Tuesday as 30-year-old Ismail Moylan.
Police responded to the 900 block of Quarry Street on the city's east side Monday evening to a 911 call of a man with a gun who was acting despondent.
Moylan was talked out of the home by police who then entered the house to recover the gun and found more than they expected.
“Upon looking for the firearm they noticed an explosive device,” said Petaluma police Lieutenant Tim Lyons. “They immediately backed out and called the Sonoma County bomb squad.”
The bomb squad safety detonated two devices which police say contained explosives.
The incident rattled neighbors, some of whom say they've long questioned the activities in the house.
“A little suspicious? Very,” said neighbor Sue Hill. “We have been for a long time -- it's been about 15 years.”
Petaluma police called the FBI, which sent members of its Terrorism Task Force, although the agency says there's no evidence of terrorist activities.
“That's what we call our reactionary squad so what they're going to do is if there's any sort of explosives or active shooter for example, which isn't the case here, they're going to be the ones that initially respond,” said FBI spokesman Peter Lee.
One neighbor said Moylan had fired off fireworks that struck his home several years ago.
A YouTube video under Moylan's name showed different types of apparently homemade fireworks being set off.
Petaluma police say they had one contact with the suspect about a year ago.
“There was a report of fire in the backyard where the suspect was burning things in the backyard where we responded and asked him to put that out,” said Lt. Lyons.
As for neighbors, they were still nervous Tuesday.
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