[UPDATE Sunday] Humboldt County Bomb Squad in Rio Dell; Resident Reports Hearing Explosion
A reader sent us this photo of the Humboldt County Bomb Squad in the area of Second and Berkeley Streets in Rio Dell about 8:50 p.m. Second Street between Berkeley and Columbus is blocked off. The Rio Dell Police confirmed that their officers were at the scene but were not ready to release any information at this time.
“[O]ne guy was getting suited up. And the robot was sitting right outside the trailer,” wrote the resident who wishes to remain anonymous.
We don’t hear any scanner traffic that appears to be related but, according to this site, using scanners, cell phones and radios around a potential bomb could trigger an explosion.
One Rio Dell officer is currently on the way to the Humboldt County Jail with one suspect in some crime but we don’t know that this is related.
As of 9:09 p.m. the reader told us, “Just heard a loud explosion.”
UPDATE 9:56 p.m.: Andrea a resident of Rio Dell who doesn’t want to give her last name said that earlier she saw “someone in the back of one of the cruiser. I saw our neighbor Dave Bourland.”
Andrea said that an officer told her, “They found an explosive device” in the building and that the Sheriff’s Office was “there to defuse the bomb.” He also told her that Bourland who has a previous history with law enforcement (see stories below) was being booked on several felony charges.
UPDATE Sunday: According to Sgt. Greg Allen of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, they received a call to assist Rio Dell Police with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) located at a residence in 200 block of 2nd Street. The device was a six inch long oblong tube.
“EOD techs arrived on scene and confirmed it was a functional device and used the Sheriff’s robot to render the device safe,” Allen explained.
One person was arrested by Rio Dell Police, he said.