Red Cross evacuation center for displaced Chaparral Drive area residents may close

Feb 15, 2014 5:13 PM

The Red Cross evacuation center for displaced Chaparral Drive area residents at the National Guard Facility will be closing on Monday morning, unless more displaced residents come forward needing a place to stay.

Since the evacuation center opened last Friday only one person has stayed there. The Red Cross says that with the amount of resources and volunteers needed to run an evacuation center, it is not cost effective to remain open for just one person. If no other displaced residents come forward, the Red Cross will provide other accommodations for the individual that has been using the National Guard Facility.

The incident began Thursday February 6th around 4 p.m. when emergency personnel responded to reports of an explosion at 9021 Chaparral Drive. Responding personnel found 63-year-old D Ray East had blown his hand off after attempting to make rocket fuel.

After East was taken to the hospital, officials with the county Bomb Squad searched the property and have now found over 60 pounds of highly sensitive explosive material and precursor materials.

In a press conference Thursday, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko stated the mobile home will be destroyed. Law enforcement officials are aiming to incinerate the home and the materials inside Sunday, February 16.

Anyone needing assistance due to being evacuated may contact the Redding Red Cross Office at (530) 244-8000.


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