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Interstate 5 Shut Down After Explosives Found During Check on Disabled Vehicle

By Robyn Ridpath, Assignment Editor
Adam McAllister, Chief Photographer, amcallister@krcrtv.com
Published On: Apr 10 2013 05:44:55 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 10 2013 11:02:52 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

Interstate 5 faced rolling closures between South Main St. and Gyle Road near Red Bluff Wednesday morning as the Shasta County Bomb Squad assisted the CHP with a disabled vehicle containing a backpack full of explosives and ammunition.

At 9:10 a.m. California Highway Patrol was called out to a disabled vehicle that ran out of gas between Riverside and Flores Avenues on Interstate 5.

When the officer pulled over to check on the driver, he noticed a backpack laying on the ground containing ammunition.

The Shasta County Bomb Squad was called out and the driver, Lodi resident Timothy Squires, 58, was arrested for driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of explosive devices.

A large amount of blasting caps were found in the backpack but it is unknown what type of ammunition was there.

As far as traffic, one lane was closed and occasionally they were shutting down both lanes to move equipment and to safely detonate the explosives.