CARENCRO — Eight homes in northern Lafayette Parish were evacuated Wednesday afternoon and several streets in Briarfield Subdivision were closed to traffic while the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated two suspected pipe bombs found in a truck on Bajat Road near Carencro.
A man his 20s, who was not immediately identified, sat in the back of a squad car as sheriff’s detectives and bomb experts with State Police surveyed the scene off Bajat Drive.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Kip Judice said the man admitted the plastic devices were pipe bombs.
Judice said detectives had not yet determined why the devices were in the truck.
At least one more person was being sought, he said.
Trooper Stephen Hammons said State Police would “render the devices safe, then turn (the investigation) over to the Sheriff’s Office.
The street closure affected an area that includes about 40 homes.
The Lafayette Parish school system worked with parents in the area to arrange for alternative sites for children to be picked up, Judice said.
Sheriff’s Office investigators were surveilling a home in the subdivision for illegal drug activity when the man left the home in a truck, Judice said.
A sheriff’s detective who pulled the truck over noticed two plastic devices on the seat that looked like pipe bombs, Judice said.
Judice said the man was not immediately arrested.