An officer from the Red Bluff California Highway Patrol stopped to check on a disabled vehicle southbound on I-5, south of Riverside Avenue near the city of Red Bluff.
Upon contacting Timothy Squires, the 58-year-old occupant of the vehicle, the officer observed objective signs of drug impairment. The officer then located a backpack lying in the grass next to the vehicle. Upon examining the backpack the officer found blasting caps and ammunition. Squires was arrested for felony sections of possession of explosive devices, attempted disposal of explosive devices as well as misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of drugs.
The Explosives Ordinance Disposal team from Shasta County was called to the scene to detonate the devices.
Traffic on I-5 was affected by lane closures in the southbound directions for several hours, as well as full closure of the northbound and southbound lanes for approximately 20 minutes while the devices were detonated. Traffic was diverted onto Road 99W at South Main Street, and Flores Avenue. Watch Action News at 5 p.m. for more details.
UPDATE (4:21 p.m.) :Southbound traffic is reduced to one lane four to five miles south of Red Bluff due to further police activity.
UPDATE (6:05 p.m.): The Explosives Ordinance Disposal team from Shasta County is planning on detonating the explosives found on I-5 south of Red Bluff soon. When they do, CHP will be closing all the southbound lanes on I-5. Detour if possible.