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Atascadero Police Department
Wednesday June 9th, 2010 :: 03:36 p.m. PDT


Suspicious device found on Santa Barbara Road 101 overpass today @ 10:20 am. Click link for copy of media release.

June 9, 2010

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Suspicious Device Found In Roadway

This morning, at 1020 hours Firefighters from Cal Fire were hailed by a woman on the Santa Barbara Road overcrossing at Highway 101in Atascadero. The woman located what she thought was a bomb on the overcrossing. Soon thereafter, an Atascadero police officer was hailed in the same area by the firefighters. The officer looked at the item and it appeared to be a pipe bomb, so he coordinated the evacuation of the area. It was necessary to close several roads, including the Highway 101 off ramp at Santa Barbara Road. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department’s Bomb Squad was requested and they responded. During this incident, The Atascadero Police Department also received assistance from Cal Fire; The Atascadero Fire Department; The Atascadero State Hospital Police and Fire Departments and The California Highway Patrol.

Once the bomb squad arrived, a remote controlled robot was utilized to retrieve the suspected bomb. The device was transported by the robot to a barrel that was used to house the suspected bomb. The device was then covered by a specialty blanket. The Sheriff’s Department’s bomb experts then used a device to detonate the suspected pipe bomb. Once detonated, the device was examined. It appeared to be a commercial firework that had been wrapped in electrical tape. The call for service was completed approximately two hours after it began. The professional response from the numerous allied agencies was much appreciated. With all of the assistance our department received, we were able to minimize the risks to the citizens and visitors of Atascadero.

Sergeant Joe Allen
Atascadero Police Department

Atascadero Police Department
5505 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-470-5050

Joe Allen

9145 Santa Barbara Rd
Atascadero, CA 93422

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