Bomb Squad Called to Dispose of Suspicious Item

Suspicious item

[All photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department:

On July 5, 2018, at about 8 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a report of a suspicious item in the gravel median at the intersection of Campton and Walnut Roads in Cutten.

The Humboldt County Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team was dispatched to the scene and located the suspicious item underneath a vinyl sign. The California Highway Patrol responded to assist, temporarily closing both Walnut and Campton Roads. The EOD team deployed a remote controlled robot and rendered the suspicious item safe. Both roads were reopened by 10:30 p.m.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.SUSPICIOUS ITEM



  • Was it actually a “Bomb” or just something that looked suspicious??? Inquiring minds or what little is left of mine, want to know!!!

  • Looks like a bottle wrapped in electrical tape…
    Small enough that it might go unnoticed for weeks.
    Who saw it? Why did they report it?
    How was it “rendered safe”?
    What was UNsafe about it besides the fact that no one knew what it was?
    And, for that matter, inquiring minds want to know what it actually IS.
    I do hope there will be updates…

    • Agreed on ALL counts!!! Especially the part about updates!!!

    • Rendered safe by blowing it up in a controlled manner..

      • So it WAS actually a bomb or are you just speculating???

        • I believe they typically render it safe by blowing it up, no questions asked. So it could of been a homemade explosive or it could of just been a glass vodka bottle wrapped in tape to prevent it from breaking, either way hard to tell after its “rendered” safe by a real explosive from the bomb squad.

    • The people working on the Eagle Scout project at the intersection found it. They thought it looked unsafe because the way it was taped and how it was propped up in the middle of the sign.

    • There are instructions online for making a thermos by wrapping a bottle with paper towel, foil and then electrical tape. Possibly this was someone’s DIY thermos.

  • There are homeless living in the woods across the road, but they probably already know that.

  • I think the main thing here is that we are continuously being pushed to live in fear by our great domineering government. 99.5% of the time it is reaction of hysteria!!

    • Better to be safe than sorry!

    • General Turgidson

      “if you see something, say something” – wtf soccer mommies, everything you see is probably not a communist, terrist, geehaudist, or methidist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

      may as well blow it up. bet anyone 10$ its was truckers piss bottle.

      • Not my precious fluids!! 🤣 on second thought there’s a few they can have, well usually only one is fluid.

  • Surreal. This world nowadays… the unknown is always assumed a risk. What the heck. If i saw that bottle, i would have either thought, “Another weird unknown thing, probably number 9 million and something in my life… whatever, if people looked at my trash they might see some gizmos they couldn’t figure out, too,” and left it alone; or “I wonder what that is, so why don’t i pick it up and see.”
    It’s true that someday you may be picking up my pieces out of trees and utility wires from my checking out a piece of trash, but so be it. Better unsafe and unsorry than safe and in such a sorry state of paranoia.

    And what a way to use public money. Amazing to me.

    • General Turgidson

      Congratulations! You just won the interwebs.

      Stay curious and if you live to be 5000+ years old there is a chance, albeit an extremely slight chance, that your guts will get splattered into the ether for being innocently curious.

      Balance sheet for project piss bottle:

      Cost to blow up a plastic bottle with overtime and all – $3875. + NRE for robot =- $175,420.85

      Cost to assist the homeless troop across the road in the woods for one year = $2500.

      God help us all.

      • EEExcellent. This comment is what the root of the issue is! I’m sure if our bloated gov needs more money out of us he’ll just find a new tax. Beware the day they start re-evaluating prop 13!!

  • fear fear fear fear…. boring.

    LOVE = challenging, entertaining, demanding, mind expanding, life enriching….

    I’m with Bill Hicks. All thought, all ensuing action emanate from one of the two.

  • I’ve been trained to spot IEDs and that looks like somebody’s art project.

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