SCSO bomb squad deactivates pipe bomb found on on-ramp near Red Bluff
Update as of July 16 at 2:00 p.m.:
The Shasta County Sheriff's Office bomb squad has deactivated a pipe bomb that was found on Jelly's Ferry Road near the on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5 near Red Bluff.
The California Highway Patrol says that they got the call around 10:12 a.m. when a pool maintenance worker was driving in the area and piece of equipment fell out of his truck.
When he went to retrieve the equipment he noticed a pipe bomb in the road and called law enforcement.
Officers do not know where the bomb came from but they determined it to be live and took proper precautions.
They closed the southbound off-ramp to Jellys Ferry Road from Interstate 5 and blocked any traffic from going over the bridge on Jellys Ferry Road.
The incident lasted several hours until the Shasta County Sheriff's Office bomb squad arrived and safely exploded the device.
Cal Fire and medics staged nearby while the bomb squad worked to deactivate the bomb.
The southbound off-ramp is now back open and there is not threat to public safety.
The California Highway Patrol says they are taking this incident seriously and will continue to investigate where this pipe bomb came from.
"In Northern California it is a very serious charge not only because it causes mayhem, but because it could injure the general public, it could injure responding individuals. In addition with the dry weather, it could cause another fire and then we would have another Carr or Camp Fire possibility in our local area. Its unfortunate that these things happen," said Sergeant Heath Helman, a Sergeant for the California Highway Patrol Red Bluff.
California Highway Patrol officers have closed the southbound Jelly's Ferry Road off-ramp near Red Bluff while they investigate a live pipe bomb that was found in the area.
According to CHP, the initial call came in at 10:12 a.m. a pool maintenance worker was driving in the area and a piece of equipment fell out of his truck. When he got out of his truck to retrieve the equipment he noticed a pipe bomb in the road and called CHP. Officers do not know where the bomb came from but they say it is a live bomb.
The Shasta County Bomb Squad has been called out to assist with disposal. If you are traveling southbound on Interstate 5 the Jelly's Ferry Road exit is closed.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.