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Neighbors react to bomb discovery and arrest

Quarry Street residents evacuated from their homes Monday after police found three homemade explosive devices in a neighbor's house said Wednesday that despite their fears, they are working to move on from the experience.

"My children have been really frightened by all of this," said Ryan Pieri, who lives with his wife and children next door to the home where the pipe bombs were found. "That's the worst part of this incident. This is a neighborhood full of children. We all moved here to raise our families in a safe environment. So to have this happen so close to us is really shocking."

The Quarry Street neighborhood is full of homes without fences. Manicured lawns adorn well-kept yards. Neighbors know each other by name, wave hello and stand on the sidewalk chatting together. So when police officers, FBI agents and bomb squad deputies descended on their street Monday night, it took the whole neighborhood by surprise.

The evacuations came after police had already arrested 30-year-old Ismail Moylan on suspicion of illegally possessing a gun and prescription drugs earlier in the day. Officers were first called to a residence in the 900 block of Quarry Street at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, after receiving reports of a despondent person later identified as Moylan, who may have been in possession of a gun. After arriving at the scene and spending about an hour attempting to contact Moylan by phone inside the two-story home, officers used a bull horn to draw Moylan out of the house. Soon after, Moylan surrendered to police.

Petaluma Police Lt. Tim Lyons said that officers then entered the Moylan residence and began searching for the reported firearm. While doing so, Lyons said an officer found what he thought was an explosive device. Police called the Sonoma County bomb squad and obtained search warrants.

At about 4 a.m. Tuesday, the bomb squad entered the Moylan home and verified that the first device found by Petaluma officers hours before was an explosive.

Upon further searching, two more devices were located — one contained explosive materials while the other did not.

Pieri said that he and his family were evacuated three times over a 12-hour span, as officers continued to find more explosives at his next-door neighbor's home.

Bomb squad deputies detonated the three explosive devices outside the house. Officers also found a handgun in the home, along with illegal prescription drugs.

Police closed Quarry Street Monday night through Tuesday morning. Officers also notified local Corona Creek Elementary School officials as a precaution, so that parents and students could prepare for the detours around Quarry Street.


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