On May 8, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. A citizen came into the Butte County Jail lobby and advised that he had found what he believed was a pipe bomb near his residence in Oroville. At the time, the device was in the citizen’s vehicle, which was subsequently re-located to an open lot at the intersection of County Center Drive and the Sheriff’s Office access road. After Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and examined the item, it was determined that it had a cylindrical shape and characteristics similar to that of a possible improvised explosive device. The Butte Inter-Agency Bomb Squad responded to the scene and conducted “render-safe” procedures on the device. Circumstances related to how the device came to be in the citizen’s yard is currently under investigation. County Center Drive was closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for approximately two hours while the bomb squad conducted the on-scene investigation. Visiting hours at the Butte County Jail were also suspended during the time the roads were closed during this incident. After the scene was secure and the roads were re-opened, jail visiting hours reconvened. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad would like to thank the California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire for their assistance in this incident.
The Bomb Squad would also like to express to the public that if they locate any items they believe may possibly be explosive or hazardous type materials of any kind, they are urged to stay away from the items and contact local law enforcement or the fire department immediately.