[UPDATE 11:45 a.m. ‘Suspicious Device’ Contained No Explosive Materials] Bomb Threat at Cal Fire Station Closes Alderpoint Road
A bomb threat to the Cal Fire Station located near Garberville has closed Alderpoint Road from Redwood Drive to 100 yards east of the Cal Fire Station.
Please stay out of the area and even avoiding Redwood Drive would be a good idea for now.
We’ll be following this story closely and updating with new information as soon as possible.
UPDATE 6:50 a.m.: According to Denton Carrick of Humboldt County Public Works, a Southern Humboldt resident has been taken to Sempervirens Psychiatric Health Facility after telling emergency services that an explosive device had been placed “underneath the Smokey Bear” near the Cal Fire station near Garberville.
At a little after 1 a.m the resident, a volunteer firefighter, can be heard on his fire department issued radio speaking on the scanner to dispatch about “a device of some kind located in my wife’s car.”
Currently, Carrick said, “His car is parked with some sort of flashing light near the [Cal Fire] station.”
UPDATE 8:12 a.m.:
KMUD News graciously shared the following photo with us showing Alderpoint Road closure:
UPDATE 8:23 a.m.: A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol says that there is no estimated time of opening for Alderpoint Road.
UPDATE 9:35 a.m.: A CHP spokesperson tells me that residents should not be alarmed if they hear a loud noise. They (she couldn’t say who they were at this time) would “detonate a package.” She said this could happen soon.
UPDATE 9:38 a.m.: Neighbors are reporting an explosion.
UPDATE 9:50 a.m.: Traffic is now flowing freely down Alderpoint Road. “We just opened it up,” Denton Carrick of Humboldt County Public Works says.
UPDATE 10:05 a.m.: According to a California Highway Patrol spokesperson, a “suspicious device” is being investigated in the Crescent City area. There is not necessarily a connection with the situation on Alderpoint Road.
UPDATE 10:27 a.m.: According to a spokesperson for the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office, at about 8 a.m. a suspicious item was found at the Crescent City Cal Fire Station. The item, a dufflebag, needed to be checked out by a Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit (EOD.) Because of the situation on Alderpoint Road, no one was immediately available to investigate. At about 10 a.m. the EOD team was headed to Del Norte County. Drive time is about three hours.
UPDATE 11:08 a.m.: Kenny Swithenbank of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office tells us that the Alderpoint Road Cal Fire station device was detonated without any indication of there being any sign of explosive materials inside it. We are following another story about a suspicious duffle bag found in the Crescent City Cal Fire Office. Click here to read it.
UPDATE 11:45 a.m.: Cal Fire spokesperson Laura Coleman released the following statement, “Garberville CAL FIRE personnel sheltered in place at a safe location while HCSO, CAL FIRE Prevention Officers and CHP mitigated the threat. No injuries!”