A Caltrans road crew working along Highway 395 East near Johnstonville Quality Foods in the Susanville area, found a suspicious package in a ditch this morning August 9 at approximately 9:33 a.m.
Deputies and sergeants from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. According to the Lassen Sheriff’s Office, after inspecting the package, they decided to evacuate nearby businesses and close a small section of Highway 395 East. California Highway Patrol officers arrived at the scene to close the freeway. Washoe County Consolidated Bomb Squad was asked to respond.
Demining personnel arrived on the scene around noon and used robots to examine the package. After careful inspection, the package was determined to be an improvised explosive device. Inside a t-shirt wrapped and duct tape was an aluminum box containing a cylindrical explosive device with a fuse. Electrical wiring, broken glass, glass gems and crushed seashells were stuffed around the aluminum box. The package was made safe by bomb technicians and collected for disposal.
“The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public and business owners for their understanding regarding the evacuations and the freeway closure,” read a statement from the department. “In addition, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the time and resources expended by the California Highway Patrol, Susan River Fire Department, Caltrans and the Washoe County Consolidated Bomb Squad. Last, but not least, great work by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Deputies and Sgts for responding quickly and ensuring the safety of the public and nearby businesses.