CHP: Highway 149 South of Chico back open after bomb scare

Mar 8, 2016 7:57 PM by Debbie Cobb

UPDATE: A busy highway in Butte County is back open tonight after a bomb scare. HIghway 149, which connects Highway 70 and Highway 99, was closed at 4pm South of Chico, after the CHP received word of a possible bomb scare on a BLine bus.

The CHP was contacted by BLine officials who said a silent alarm was tripped by the bus driver. According to Officer Chris Alves, BLine gave the CHP gps coordinates and the CHP responded to Highway 149, which was immediately closed off when the bus was stopped. The bus was driven away and taken to an undisclosed location where Officer Alves told Action News Now the bus will be thoroughly searched. The 40 passengers on board were also taken to an undisclosed location and questioned by officers. Two people were detained, however, no word on whether anyone was arrested.

Highway 149 was closed for 3 hours and reopened at 7pm. The closure tied up traffic at Highway 99 and Highway 191, at the Butte College turnoff and Highway 70 and 191. The bus was headed from Chico to Oroville.


The California Highway Patrol is reporting a possible bomb threat on a B-line bus on Highway 149 near Oroville.

CHP says they have shut down the highway north of Oroville between Highway 99 and Highway 70 due to the threat and to avoid the area if possible.

We have a crew heading to the scene and will bring you the latest details as soon as we get them.


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