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Truckee explosives case hits ‘dead end’

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

An investigation into explosives stolen from a bunker near Truckee in September hasn’t turned up many leads, according to officials.

The explosive materials were stolen from a contractor’s bunker near Floriston between Sept. 6 and Sept. 15, and would have been used for road work and avalanche control by the contractor. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information on the missing materials.

“We’re still working on it,” said Nina Delgadillo, senior special agent with ATF. “But we’re not getting a whole lot of calls in.”

Nevada County Sheriff’s, cooperating in the investigation, are leaving the case open but have no substantial leads, said Lt. Frank Koehler with the sheriff’s department.

“Our end of the investigation at this point in time has dried up,” Koehler said. “Unless something breaks loose we’re at a dead end.”

Delgadillo said the ATF is still investigating leads outside of tip calls received.

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“Hopefully with our investigative ability and a little bit of luck we’ll get some kind of a break,” Delgadillo said.

The stolen materials include 600 pounds of alpha mix blasting agent (ANFO), 240 trunkline delay detonators, 160 nonelectric delay detonators, and 120 nonelectric delay detonator MS units, Koeler said at a press conference in September.

To put the 600 pounds of explosives into perspective, Delgadillo at the same conference said 4,800 pounds were used in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-BOMB, or contact the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office crime tip hotline at (530) 470-2400, or go to and select online services, crime tip form.