Two Bomb Stories that Don't End with a Bang


For some reason the universe offered up two bomb incidents in Eureka in the last four days.

Bomb incident number 1 as detailed by the Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Press Release:

On 07-14-2012, at approximately 9:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of possible drug activity occurring in the 5100 block of Vance Avenue, Eureka. When deputies arrived they met with suspect David Bollig, 33 years old of Eureka along with several other people, including Bolligs’ 11 year old son. A records check on Bollig revealed he was on probation for child endangerment with a search clause. When deputies entered Bolligs home they saw two plastic soda bottles containing a white powdery substance near the television set with green fuses sticking out of the top of them. The deputies exited the home and notified the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad who responded to the scene, along with Humboldt Bay Fire department. The bottles were removed by the Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad which rendered them safe.

Bollig was arrested for possession of an explosive device, violation of probation and child endangerment. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $50,000.00. His son was released to a relative.


Bomb incident number 2 as detailed by the Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Press Release:

On 07-16-2012, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded to 1st and G street, Eureka at the request of the Eureka Police Department. A construction crew had dug up a possible explosive device which they found in their sifter. When the two trained explosive ordinance deputies arrived they deployed a robot to examine and remove the device. The deputies determined the device was a military, 155 mm artillery shell, estimated to be 50 to 60 years old. The device was very rusty so there was no paint or markings left on it to determine the manufacturer. The deputies were unable to determine what the device contained. The deputies utilized a specialized trailer to safely transport the device out to a secure area on the Samoa Peninsula where it was rendered safe at approximately 11:00 p.m. on the same day.

The Sheriffs Office would like to remind the public if they locate a suspicious item that could be an explosive to evacuate the immediate area and call 911. Do not attempt to move or handle the item. Many times old explosives can very unstable and detonate easily.

For some reason this account doesn’t mention the part where they dropped the bomb….

I laughed a little at the omission but kudos to folks brave enough to be on a Bomb Squad. They’ve got more courage than I have.


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