Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Trinidad Ordnance Destroyed by Military Disposal Team

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 9:23 AM

click to enlarge The WW II ordnance found on a Trinidad property. - HCSO
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  • The WW II ordnance found on a Trinidad property.
A World War II era ordnance that prompted the brief evacuation of a Trinidad neighborhood was originally found by a property owner more than a decade ago but, after coming across the device again Tuesday, he decided to call authorities, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the HCSO explosive disposal team arrived at the scene and after consulting with a unit at Beale Air Force base made the determination that the device was military grade, prompting a request for the Clear Lake team to respond.
click to enlarge The Beale Air Force EOD unit on scene. - HCSO
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  • The Beale Air Force EOD unit on scene.
“Beale Air Force EOD representatives arrived at the residence at approximately 4 p.m. Neighbors of the residence were temporarily evacuated to a safe location,” the HCSO release states. “Upon further analysis of the ordnance, Beale Air Force EOD representatives retrieved the device and rendered the ordnance safe at an off-property location.”

Read the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office release below:


On April 2, 2019, at about 8:15 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team was dispatched to a residence on the 700 block of Highland Avenue in Trinidad for the report of a possible military-grade ordnance found.

The property owner told deputies that he had found the ordnance approximately 15 years ago while cleaning up the property and at the time, did not realize what the object was. The property owner came across the ordnance again Tuesday morning and upon closer examination decided to call law enforcement.

Sheriff’s EOD deputies inspected the ordnance. Upon consultation with the Beale Air Force EOD Unit, the ordnance was determined to be a World War II era artillery shell. Due to the ordnance being a military-grade device, representatives from the Beale Air Force EOD Unit were requested to respond.

Beale Air Force EOD representatives arrived at the residence at approximately 4 p.m. Neighbors of the residence were temporarily evacuated to a safe location. Upon further analysis of the ordnance, Beale Air Force EOD representatives retrieved the device and rendered the ordnance safe at an off-property location.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that if you come across a suspicious object, do not pick it up or move it, but report it immediately to law enforcement.
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