Bottle rocket prompts call to Butte County bomb unit

Jun 30, 2015 7:44 PM by News Staff

The Butte County bomb squad was called to the area of River Road and West Sacramento Avenue, west of Chico, Tuesday afternoon to diffuse an apparent unexploded firework found by State Parks crews.

The device, described by a State Parks employee as a bottle rocket type firework, was found a little after 3 p.m. near the river and was destroyed by the bomb squad around 3:45 p.m.

No injuries or damages were reported, but River Road was closed for about 30 minutes at West Sacramento Avenue.

Officials say the device had the potential to spark nearby vegetation and it is lucky crews found it when they did. Anyone who sees a suspicious device during the upcoming holiday weekend should report it to authorities immediately.

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