Wednesday, January 8, 2020

UPDATE: Bomb Squad Investigating 'Suspicious Object,' Second Call in Two Days

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 2:34 PM

click to enlarge Robot used at the McKinleyville scene yesterday. - HCSO
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  • Robot used at the McKinleyville scene yesterday.
UPDATE:

Deputies have cleared the scene at Parkwood Boulevard.

A Humboldt County Sheriff's Office release stated there is no "perceived threat to the public at this time." However, there were "explosive material" in the "suspicious device."

"Utilizing an EOD robot, deputies determined the suspicious device to contain explosive materials," the release states. "Deputies then rendered the device safe and collected it for further investigation. Humboldt Hill Road was re-opened to traffic shortly after."

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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reports that its Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is responding to a report of a “suspicious object” found 2300 block of Parkwood Boulevard on Humboldt Hill.

Residents are being asked to stay inside during the investigation, the second such incident in two days. Yesterday, the EOD team responded to Central Avenue and Johnson Lane near the airport after a suspicious package was spotted.

A robot was sent in to X-ray that item found in a plastic bag and it was deemed harmless.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Read the HCSO release below:
On Jan. 8, 2020, at about 1:46 p.m., a citizen contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center to report a suspicious device discovered in the yard of a residence on the 2300 block of Parkwood Boulevard in the Humboldt Hill area.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team was dispatched to investigate. California Highway Patrol officers responded to assist in temporarily closing Humboldt Hill Road between Kipling Drive and Parkwood Boulevard. The Humboldt Bay Fire Department also responded to assist. During this time, local residents were advised to stay indoors while deputies investigated.

Utilizing an EOD robot, deputies determined the suspicious device to contain explosive materials. Deputies then rendered the device safe and collected it for further investigation. Humboldt Hill Road was re-opened to traffic shortly after.

There is no perceived threat to the public at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that if you see something suspicious or out of place in your neighborhood, do not touch or move it, but contact your local law enforcement.
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