Explosive materials found in Round Mountain barn destroyed during controlled detonations

ROUND MOUNTAIN, Calif., — Authorities say the discovery of explosive materials in a Round Mountain barn led to a large-scale, multi-agency response and the controlled detonation of the materials Monday, March 7.

The four controlled detonations, along with the associated hours-long law enforcement and emergency personnel response and activities where the materials were detonated, caused concern for area residents not given any pre-warning about the multiple detonations.


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At around 10:15 a.m., Shasta County sheriff’s deputies, along with a Bomb Technician from the Redding Police Department were dispatched to a call for service involving explosive materials that were discovered in a barn in the 29000 block of SR-299E, Captain Gene Randall, of the Office of Emergency Services, reported after last night’s 6:15 p.m. detonations.

“The investigating personnel determined the materials were in fact old explosives; therefore, additional resources from allied agencies were requested to render the explosives safe,” explained Randall. “Based upon the age and condition of the explosives, the materials were destroyed on-site during a controlled detonation, which resulted in four small explosions.”

Because the explosives were detonated within close proximity to the highway, officials called for temporary traffic controls to keep motorists at a safe distance from the detonation site.

The highway was reopened shortly after the controlled detonations were completed.

No emergency personnel or citizens were injured during the incident and no structures were damaged.


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The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office went on to thank the involved agencies, which included the Redding Police Department, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Cal-Fire and AMR personnel.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS), which act as stringer-news providers for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.