Mendocino County man accidentally tries to sell live explosive on Craigslist – SFGATE

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Craigslist “for sale” ads are full of surprises, and in one recent case, the nature of a listing’s contents came as a surprise even to the seller himself.
A Mendocino County man was startled to learn Wednesday that a piece of military material from the Vietnam War that he had put up for sale on the website was not inert, as he had thought, but was in fact still a live explosive, according to the county sheriff’s office.
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The man had received two pieces of material from a relative who had served in Vietnam and recently passed away. He believed both to be inert, a belief that persisted until he was contacted by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at his Fort Bragg home Wednesday evening.
Deputies worked with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit and the Beale U.S. Air Force Base EOD unit by phone to examine the two devices, a process that determined one of the two to be inert.
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The other, however, could not be deemed inert. The area was then evacuated, a perimeter was secured, and a bomb squad brought in.
About six hours after deputies first arrived at the man’s home, the Air Force EOD unit arrived and was able to inspect the second device. They concluded that it was, in fact, a live explosive.
“The ordnance was subsequently transported off-site by EOD personnel to a safe location where it was rendered unusable and unrepairable,” the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office wrote.
The office thanked residents who were asked to leave the area for their cooperation in dealing with the explosive.
Filipa Ioannou is a producer at SFGATE, where she writes about an eclectic mix of topics ranging from politics to internet-famous animals to wellness trends.
She is especially interested in the intersection of politics and culture, and in the fresh and irreverent angles on state and national politics that resonate locally and get people talking. She always has her eye on the politicians and celebrities with Bay Area ties who are driving the conversation on the national stage, from Kamala Harris to Guy Fieri. She brings equal curiosity to policy details that will impact Bay Area zoning rules as she does to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s flamboyant cowboy boots or Jerry Brown’s corgi.
She previously covered breaking news at the San Francisco Chronicle and politics at the San Antonio Express-News and PolitiFact. She grew up in New York and graduated from Princeton magna cum laude in Near Eastern Studies in 2015.

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