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Posted on: January 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Explosives Devices


Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Explosives Devices
Station Area:Thermal
Written Date:January 31, 2020Time:2:00 PM
Incident Date:January 30, 2020Time:2:00 PM
Incident Location:Thermal
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Bob Epps
File Number(s):HD200310001

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, about 5:30 PM, the Riverside County Gang Impact Team (GIT) requested assistance from Riverside County Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team (HDT) after finding military ordnance items and suspected explosives at a residence in the 78700 block of Darrell Drive, Bermuda Dunes. GIT was serving a search warrant for illegal drugs at the location when they found the ordnance items. 

Bomb making materials and live explosives were located inside of the residence, including more than 100 lbs. of homemade explosives and military ordnance items, including C4. HDT personnel assisted with the safe recovery of explosive making materials and the processing of the scene. Two of the items were deemed too unstable and unsafe to transport/store and were disposed of, which resulted in the reports of two explosions. There were no injuries or damage sustained during the investigation.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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