Shasta County Supervisors to hold emergency meeting over explosives incident

Feb 10, 2014 4:22 PM

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors will hold an emergency meeting to consider declaring a local state of emergency for the area surrounding 9021 Chaparral Drive after an explosion last Thursday prompted evacuations and led investigators to the discovery of over 40 pounds of highly sensitive explosives.

The Board of Supervisors will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. to consider the resolution.

All evacuation and road closures around the area to the west of Redding remain in full effect as officials continue to neutralize the situation safely and efficiently, according to the Sheriff's Office. There is currently no estimation of when the the incident will reach a conclusion.

Lt. Dave Kent of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office stated today the declaration would aid the investigation by temporarily changing the legislative and judicial process for local orders and restriction, essentially cutting any “red tape” posed by any local ordinances or environmental restrictions in order to effectively investigate and dispose of the explosive materials. The declaration would also free up more funding for the several county and state agencies assisting in this incident.

Residents of approximately 28 homes within a quarter-mile of the residence on Chaparral Drive remain evacuated after an explosion at the home severed the hand of 63-year-old D Ray East last Thursday afternoon. East remains in fair condition at an area hospital.

After East was rushed to the hospital deputies and officials with the bomb squad began searching the property and eventually found more than 40 pounds of explosives and related materials, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko stated in a press conference on Saturday. The exact type of explosives has not been released.

Evacuees are currently being sheltered at Manzanita Elementary School but will be transferred to the Army National Guard facility on South Street which will open at 4 p.m. Monday.

East has no known ties to any terrorist or other extremist groups nor has a criminal record, but investigators are still looking into his background. East’s Facebook page indicates he studied aviation technology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida and expressed interest in spaceship building and firearms.


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