A 19-year-old man pulled over by Clayton, Calif., police for driving a car with expired registration was found with a pipe bomb in his pants pocket, authorities said Thursday.

Police stopped Joseph Nichols for expired registration at 11:55 p.m., the Contra Costa Times reports. A subsequent search of Nichols uncovered a pipe bomb in his pants pocket, police said.

The Walnut Creek Police Department bomb squad, called to the scene by Clayton police, later rendered the device safe.

Nichols, of Oakley, was booked on suspicion of felony possession of a destructive device, police said.

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