Shasta County Sheriff's come up with plan to deal with explosives found at Happy Valley home

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has lifted evacuations and road closures in the Happy Valley area.

Posted: Feb. 27, 2018 12:20 PM
Updated: Mar. 1, 2018 7:58 PM

UPDATE: 3/1/2018 5:05 p.m.

As of this report, approximately 150-200 pounds of explosives remain at the site. The Bomb Squad has determined the explosives were manufactured between the 1950‘s and 1960’s, and hadn’t been moved for several decades. For the safety of the public, these explosives will remain in place until a meticulous search of the property, outbuildings and premises, by the Bomb Squad is completed. There is a tentative plan in place to mitigate any potential threat from the decaying explosives by setting fire to the structure rather than to continue to remove them from premises. The fire will neutralize the explosives rendering them inert. Until this incident is concluded there is 24-hour security on site.

The homeowners, Steven and Tammy Joseph, of Olinda CA purchased the property four months ago. The property consists of a home, in the process of a remodel, and an outbuilding/barn. The homeowner was unaware of the presence of the explosives and has been very cooperative throughout this removal process.

On February 28, 2018, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, as the Director of Emergency Services, executed a Proclamation declaring a Local Emergency due to the clear and present danger the explosives pose to the public. This proclamation will be presented to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors March 6, 2018.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their continued patience throughout this process. Prior to any planned events the public will be notified of any potential evacuation requirements and updated with further details related to this incident.

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UPDATE: 2/28/2018 11:56 p.m. 

Authorities are continuing to deal with hundreds of pounds of explosives found at a Happy Valley barn forcing evacuations of homes and a school.

While evacuations have been lifted and road closures too, there could still be some detonations later today.

The Shasta County Sheriff's office tells us they found a large cache of TNT and blasting caps dating all the way back to the 60's and 70's inside a barn on Happy Valley Road.

The biggest challenge they faced was the unpredictable nature of the explosives.

Again, sheriff’s officials, Redding Police and several other agencies are still on scene and should more donations be needed, there could be more evacuations.

We'll keep you updated as more information comes into our newsroom.

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UPDATE 11:07 PM

Residents may now return to their homes. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office thanks you for your cooperation.

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UPDATE: 7:05 p.m.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office originally planned to lift evacuation orders and road closures soon. Additional explosives will be detonated within the next few hours delaying the opening the evacuation area. The sheriff's office says they on opening the area later this evening.

Happy Valley School is expected to resume tomorrow. The elementary school students are being bussed to West Valley High School. Parents may pick up students at that location.

Road closures are as follows:
• Happy Valley Road at Palm Avenue
• Flowers Lane at Happy Valley Road
• Warwick Place

Residents in precautionary evacuation zone may use a detour at northbound Happy Valley Road to
Oak Road to Hawthorne Avenue.

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UPDATE: 2:27 p.m. 

According to the Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies on scene the explosives were found in a two story barn at 5747 Happy Valley Road.

They found a large cache of TNT, decor, and blasting caps explosives that date back to the 60’s and 70’s.

The ½ mile radius evacuations are precautionary due to the fact that they are not sure what state the explosives are in since they have been there a long time.

They are currently x-raying the area and accessing what they have and if they need to move the explosives in order to detonate them.

Sheriff’s deputies did say that it is not uncommon for old explosives to be found due to the fact that Happy Valley is an old mining community.

They hope to be finished today and do not want to keep people displaced or keep kids out of school.
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UPDATE: 12:25 p.m. 

Happy Valley Elementary School students are being bussed to West Valley High School. Parents may pick up students at that location.

Road closures are as follows:

• Happy Valley Road at Palm Avenue
• Flowers Lane at Happy Valley Road
• Warwick Place

Residents in precautionary evacuation zone may use detour at northbound Happy Valley Road to
Oak Road to Hawthorne Avenue.

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Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad is on scene at 5747 Happy Valley Road in Happy Valley due to a large amount of explosives found.

Mandatory evacuations are underway for residents located within ½ mile radius of the site, including: Shawn Drive, Andrea Way, Flowers Lane and Triple S Drive.

Evacuees may report to the Shasta County Fairgrounds – Funeral Hall.

We have a reporter on the way and we will update you as more information comes into our newsroom.

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