Explosive scare closes East Cliff Drive, causes evacuations

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff\’s Office is investigating a report of a large shipment of explosives to a home in the 200 block of East Cliff Drive.

The explosives appear to be commercial grade, according to an official with the Sheriff\’s Office. The original call to a house on East Cliff near the corner of 25th came in at 2:45 p.m.

A neighbor called the fire department to say that the neighbor had received a large quantity of explosives, according to Sgt. Dan Campos.

Campos said when they arrived the man was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Sheriff\’s deputies are awaiting a search warrant. Bomb technicians will process the scene, which they expect to take a few hours.

Between 30 to 40 homes have been evacuated and the California Highway Patrol has area streets blocked off. They don\’t expect to have the neighborhood reopened until well after midnight.

Chris and Andy Glanz, who live on 24th Avenue, returned home about 9:30 p.m. after being gone for about four hours and were told they couldn\’t go into their neighborhood because of “bomb threat.” They said they were told that they wouldn\’t be allowed back into the house until Wednesday morning.

The Glanz\’s were concerned because they have pets in their house and cannot check on them.

Neighbors said they know the man whose lives at the house where the suspected explosives are. They said they thought he was into fireworks.

Santa Cruz Sentinal

So basically we had to evacuate our house due to our crazy firework/explosive etc. loving neighbor. I could say more, but I won\’t. Yesterday was a long day. We snuck back into our house despite the evacuations and got caught due to my families stupid obsession with American Idol. Nothing better than something near you making the news though. The odd thing is, having the bomb squad there excited me more than anything.

UPDATE: We are being evacuated again! lol This is getting ridiculous.

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