The area around the California Highway Patrol’s office at 5001 Blum Road in unincorporated Contra Costa County near Martinez has been cleared and reopened today after being evacuated following a bomb scare, Officer Scott Yox said.
The office and surrounding area was cleared at about 1 p.m. after a couple brought five World War II-era blasting caps into the office at 11:30 a.m. along with toys for the CHIPS For Kids Toy Drive, Yox said.
The couple was not sure how to discard the blasting caps and brought them in for disposal, Yox said.
The CHP evacuated its building and surrounding buildings and businesses because officers did not know if the devices were stable, Yox said.
The University of California, Berkeley bomb squad arrived and contained the blasting caps in safe containers to transport them to another location for disposal, Yox said.
The well-intentioned couple was right to want to dispose of potentially dangerous devices, Yox said, but should not have risked the safety of themselves and others by transporting the blasting caps.
“They could have created a safe zone in their own home and contacted law enforcement rather than taking the risk of handling them and having the risk of them misfiring or detonating while they were handling them,” Yox said.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, Yox said.
— Bay City News