1000 lbs of TNT Detonated-Hoopa Evacuated and Hwy 96 Closed
Over 1,000 lbs. of TNT was detonated in downtown Hoopa—a remnant explosive formerly used in logging operations— that was located earlier this morning between the former Jackson’s Trailer Park and Joe’s Deli. According to Mendes the intense heat should consume the product within four to five hours. The team will send a robot to check the stability of the detonated area.
Highway 96 in downtown Hoopa remains closed. Officials are advising residents to stay indoors and out of the downtown Hoopa area. Air quality officials said carbon monoxide emissions and valley inversion make the situation more dangerous, adding anyone with respiratory distress should call the ambulance. The closure will remain in effect until further notice, however officials are aiming to have the scene cleared by 6am Thursday morning. Hoopa Tribal Police Chief, Bobby Kane, said anyone trespassing will be asked to leave and will be detained if they do not comply.