SALEM - Three people who claimed to be with Occupy Portland were arrested Sunday after police said they found explosives, drugs and gas masks in their car near Salem.

Marion County deputies said the car was speeding on Interstate 5 when it was pulled over around 8:40 a.m.

The driver was identified as 21-year-old William Maxwell Patterson. The passengers were 21-year-old Emery Nicholas Luff and 20-year-old Zachary Salzwedel-Kemp, from Klamath Falls.

Police said the three told them they had spent the night at Occupy Portland and had brought commercial mortar fireworks in glass jars in preparation for a confrontation with police.

Deputies said they also found marijuana, two gas masks, protective eye goggles, and a safety helmet inside the car.

The men denied being involved in throwing the fireworks at the officer who was hurt Saturday night.

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