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DHR - SAFETY ALERT MEMO 03-05

DATE: June 26, 2003

INCIDENT TYPE: Explosive Device

LOCATION: District 10

TYPE OF WORK ACTIVITY: Potentially Encountered During Litter Pick-Up

THE ACCIDENT: The following incident report was distributed by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This report is being distributed to Caltrans employees since the potential exists to encounter similar devices during litter pick-up.

Fire and Law Enforcement Use Only
Incident Name: Hwy 88
Incident Type: Wild Land Fire with Secondary Device - Pipe Bomb
Incident #: 9289
Fire #: 165 Date: 06-19-03 Time: 2:13 AM

On June 19, 2003 at 2:13 AM, fire units from the Amador-El Dorado Unit and the Ione City Fire Department responded to a small wildland fire on Hwy 88 near Los Ranchos Road, (approximately 2 miles East of Hwy 88 and Hwy 104 Intersection) Local law enforcement was on scene of the fire prior to the first arriving fire units.

At 2:27 AM, Chief 6200 of the Ione City Fire Department arrived on the scene. Chief 6200 reported to the ECC a small wildland fire with a slow rate of spread.

At 2:29 AM, CDF Engine 4581 arrived on scene. As the fire personnel exited the engine, they heard an explosion. At that time, Chief 6200 was walking towards E-4581 (eastbound a long side Hwy 88). Chief 6200 was in close proximity of the explosion. The weather at the time of the fire was temperature 57 degrees, humidity of 87% and calm winds.

The device was located approximately 4 feet from the burn. The device was a 6-inch long, inch diameter piece of galvanized metal pipe. It had one threaded end cap in place, the other end blown off. The pipe body had failed and was also blown open. The pipe bomb package was wrapped in a red cloth, some thin cardboard and a brown paper bag. THE UNEXPLODED DEVICE COULD EASILY APPEAR AS ROADSIDE TRASH. The device exploded at approximately 2:32 AM.

RECOMMENDATIONS: All employees should be reminded of the proper procedures for handling suspicious items discovered during their work. Properly identify any material or object before handling, it may be hazardous. Also review your local list of people to contact when a suspicious item is discovered. The discovery of an explosive device (or any other potentially injurious item) should be treated in much the same manner a s a hazardous materials spill. For the basics of hazardous materials response always remember the acronym SIN from first responder training:

S - Think safety (first, last and always)
I -- Safely attempt to isolate and deny entry
N -- Make proper notifications and request resources

 

 

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