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Hazardous Device Team (HDT)

Hazardous Device TeamThe Hazardous Device Team provides trained experts in numerous types of explosive devices as well as chemical agents with specialty equipment to handle or disarm hazardous devices throughout the county.

Any potentially explosive device has the likelihood to explode and cause harm.

Generally, members of the public do not have the expertise to tell if devices are safe to move or not.  Always assume the device is hazardous. If you come across something that you think may be an explosive device:

  • Do not touch the device and immediately move away to a safe location.
  • Leave the item where it is - even if it looks old and rusty, it may still contain explosives and is therefore potentially dangerous.
  • Notify the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and give them clear information about the description and location of the suspected item.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to inform the public when an object is located, which appears hazardous in nature, to leave the object where it was found and dial emergency services (Dial 911) from a non-cellular telephone line. It is recommended to refrain from using a cellular telephone or any other electronic device near and around any suspected explosive devices, when possible.


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Who to call in Riverside County
 Toll Free: 800-950-2444
West: 951-776-1099
Central: 951-776-1099
East - Coachella: 760-836-3215
East - Blythe: 760-921-7900
Moreno Valley: 951-247-8700
Temecula: 951-696-4357
Emergency - Dial 911