Glenshire man arrested after bomb explodes
A loud explosion disturbed a usually quiet Glenshire neighborhood late Wednesday, and Truckee police later arrested a man suspected of setting off a gasoline bomb in front of his home.
Police arrested Michael Callaghan, 37, on suspicion of manufacturing and exploding a firebomb. He is facing four felony charges and is being held in Nevada County Jail on $250,000 bail.
According to Truckee police, just before 9 p.m. neighbors reported seeing a man explode a device on Donnington Lane, igniting a fire, and flee the scene in a vehicle at high speed. Police later stopped Callaghan in his truck and arrested him on Glenshire Drive around the Olympic Heights area.
Police believe Callaghan constructed a bomb by filling one or two balloons with a flammable vapor, and ignited it by lighting a 30-foot trail of gasoline. The fire from the apparent gasoline fuse was put out by throwing dirt on top of it.
According to Nevada County Deputy District Attorney William Cornell, at the time of the incident Callaghan was out on bail from a felony charge of domestic abuse.
Truckee Police Sgt. Dan Johnston commented in a press release that the fire could have led to worse circumstances.
“The danger created in the heavily forested residential area with the extreme fire danger is pretty clear,” Johnston said. “In this case the fire was put out quickly but burning a trail of gasoline to a homemade explosive placed in the street could have created a tragedy.”
A bail hearing is scheduled for this morning.