Feb 13, 2014 4:09 PM
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko stated in a press conference this afternoon the mobile home on Chaparral Drive west of Redding where the discovery of over 40 pounds of explosive materials forcing the evacuation of 28 homes last Friday will be destroyed. Law enforcement officials are aiming to incinerate the home and the materials inside on or before Sunday, February 16.
Bosenko said the date for the home’s destruction could change due to weather conditions.
Bosenko stated in the press conference the blast which severed the hand of 63-year-old D Ray East at his home last Friday caused other materials in the home to mix and become unsafe, even for the Shasta County Bomb Squad’s robot.
East out of Intensive Care Unit at an area hospital and is currently in stable condition.
Bosenko further stated Diane East, D East’s wife, admitted to law enforcement officials her husband was making explosives and had fears they would explode.
East has also reportedly refused to cooperate with authorities and has retained an attorney. Bosenko strongly refuted the attorney’s claim in media reports that his client didn’t have explosive materials in the home.
An additional 20 pounds of explosive materials has been discovered during the investigation this week, bringing the total to over 60 pounds. Investigators also found a number of unmarked containers and rooms investigators have been unable to gain access to.
Bosenko remains unsure on the exact charges East faces as a result of the investigation. A report has yet to be submitted to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Offices because officials are still trying to determine whether to potentially prosecute East on local or federal charges.
Currently there are 28 homes evacuated within the 1,000 foot radius of East’s property, but Bosenko indicated the evacuation zone could be extended to 2,000 feet. The extended evacuation zone potentially affects nearly 60 homes in the area.
Although the evacuation of the homes would be mandatory, Bosenko assured at no point will anyone be forced out of their homes, but law enforcement will not allow anyone inside the evacuation perimeter.
A community meeting for the evacuated residents will be held at National Guard Facility Friday night at 6 p.m.