COTTONWOOD, Calif. – The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said two pipe bombs were located in the Sacramento River this weekend.
Authorities said they received a phone call Sunday afternoon from a fisherman on the Sacramento River in Cottonwood. The fisherman said while fishing at the mouth of Battle Creek, also known as Barge Hole, he reeled in a device he thought was a pipe bomb.
As the Tehama County Sheriff’s Boating Safety Unit was responding, another fisherman called the sheriff’s office to report that he had reeled in a second device. Once the boating unit arrived, he observed what he determined to be a live pipe bomb.
The boating unit said it shut down that area of the river and requested the Shasta County Bomb Squad to respond. Once the bomb technicians arrived, they determined the devices to be dangerous and the devices were detonated and destroyed on-site.
Further investigation of the devices after they were destroyed showed that they were in fact live pipe bombs, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities are asking all fishermen in the Barge Hole area to be careful. At this time, they said it is unknown if there are other devices in the water.