Bomb scare closes I-80 | SierraSun.com

Bomb scare closes I-80

Paul Raymore

Interstate 80 was closed for three hours Saturday night and Truckee police officers arrested two men after bomb making materials were found in their vehicle.The driver of the vehicle, Raymond Forbes, 18, was arrested on a variety of charges including suspicion of possession of bomb making materials. The passenger, Jeffrey Pierce, 18, was also arrested on suspicion of possession of bomb making materials and possession of stolen property. Police said both men are Truckee residents.According to Truckee Police Detective Robert Womack, the two men were stopped at 9:58 p.m. on the I-80 onramp from Highway 89 south for a traffic violation. Both men were determined to be under the influence of drugs at the time.A consensual search of the vehicle turned up a one-gallon plastic bag filled with numerous chemicals and containers, some with explosive warning on them.At that point, the Truckee police decided to close Interstate 80 in both directions and a portion of Highway 89 south for the public’s safety and called in a bomb squad from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department in Auburn.According to Lt. George Malim of the Placer Sheriff’s Department, the bomb technicians were able to quickly secure the chemicals, which did not pose an imminent threat in the form they were in.”It didn’t really pose any danger to the general public,” Malim said, “but they were two parts of a three-part process to make an improvised explosive device or firework-type thing.”Malim said that the chemicals found in the vehicle were more likely to be used to make an improvised firework rather than a bomb, but he said that the Truckee officers did the right thing by calling in experts and closing the roads.Womack said that neither of the suspects explained what they were planning to do with the explosive materials.Both men were booked into the Nevada County Jail on $100,000 bail. In addition to the bomb charges, Forbes was charged with possession of stolen property, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended driver’s license and driving with false license plates.