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Explosive device shuts down Green Valley Road

Modified: Monday, Mar 18th, 2013

Santa Cruz County Sheriff deputy Cesar DeSantos, garbed in protective gear, works beside a robot named Sparky after an explosive device was destroyed on Green Valley Road Monday. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — A homemade explosive device that a citizen brought to the Sheriff’s Service Center on Green Valley Road Monday led to the closure of Green Valley Road and the deployment of the county Bomb Team.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Esther Beckman said a citizen brought the small device that had a fuse, to the center to get advice of what to do with it on the 700 block of Green Valley about 9 a.m.

Deputies left the device on the hood of a vehicle and cleared the area.

The California Highway Patrol was brought in to shut Green Valley down in both directions as deputies from the Sheriff’s Bomb Team deployed their fiber optically controlled robot named Sparky.

From a remote control center deputies were able to roll Sparky to the Sheriff’s Center and pick up the device with its electronic pinchers. Sparky then wheeled over to a wall in a playground and placed the device on the ground. Bomb Team members then triggered a water cannon, which unleashed a blast of water and a huge boom, ultimately destroying the device.

For the complete article see the 03-19-2013 issue.

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