Officials to destroy Wintu Way trailer amid discovery of explosives

Oct 15, 2014 7:18 PM by News Staff

Shasta County Officials announced Wednesday afternoon they plan to incinerate a trailer on a Redding man's property after detectives with the Shasta County bomb squad found evidence there may be unstable explosive materials located inside.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, the owner of the property at 19529 Wintu Way, Joseph Hicks, has given his consent to the sheriff's office to destroy the trailer.

Sheriff's deputies have been at the Hicks property since Saturday, when a tenant found several containers of unknown chemicals and powders in an outdoor storage shed. Over the last three days bomb technicians worked to identify and remove most of the items, but several boxes contained items that had characteristics consistent with homemade explosives.

Bomb technicians successfully detonated the items found Saturday on Tuesday afternoon, but following the detonations, deputies conducted a search of remaining outbuildings and located more hazardous materials.

Sheriff Bosenko said in a statement Wednesday, "there is an immediate and dangerous condition, possibly threatening public life, health and safety as a result of presumed unstable explosive materials".

The sheriff's office says Hicks is suspected of manufacturing homemade explosives. Investigators are looking into his background, but say there is no indication that he is a member of any subversive terrorist or extremist group.

The public is asked to avoid the area and deputies will remain in the area 24 hours a day until the scene is deemed safe.

The Shasta County Bomb Squad and Cal Fire are working to design a plan to incinerate the trailer, but there is no estimated time frame for the incineration.


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