Bomb scare at Lone Pine Post Office

ICSOSheriff Bill Lutze has confirmed that a bomb scare in Lone Pine led to the evacuation of an entire block. Lone Pine postal workers had discovered two cylindrical packages with no postage and covered with strange writings and swastikas.  As Sheriff Lutze said, the suspicious packages could have held as many as ten or twelve sticks of dynamite each.

Postal workers thought about it and finally called the Sheriff’s Department. A deputy responded.  Because of the potential and significant damage that could have resulted from what the packages might have been, deputies evacuated the block around the post office including the pharmacy and residences.

Explosives expert for the Sheriff’s Office, Dennis Bacoch, responded.  Sheriff Lutze said Bacoch removed the packages and blew them up.  The inside of the packages turned out to be bizarre writings, according to the Sheriff.

The Sheriff said this incident also activated a Code Red on the evacuation and on the end of the emergency.


6 Responses to Bomb scare at Lone Pine Post Office

  1. Trouble September 17, 2012 at 8:51 pm #


  2. Wayne Deja September 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Hmmmm…..Two cylindrical packages with strange writings and swastikas in the post office….Hope the postal workers didn’t think about it too much,or for too long before they called the Sheriff’s Department…I was in one of the business’ at the time when the area was evacuated…….Good call,but it would have been nice if it were Law Enforcement handling the situation when it first began,and not some civilian “wanna-be” barking out orders and being rude to my fellow employees.

  3. Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 18, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Could this have something to do with the Marijuana bust? If so talk about major cowards to target innocent postal workers.

  4. Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 18, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Could have held twelve sticks of dynamite? Blew up suspicious writings? WOW how amazing is that. Now that I read the story over again man they must be bored!

    • Benett Kessler September 18, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      I don’t think anyone would want to take a chance in today’s world. I for one appreciate
      the Sheriff’s Department watching out for us.
      Benett Kessler

  5. Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    OK I admit those were lame responses of mine.
    I appreciate the fact there is a force of people out to protect us but that isn’t the fact when you jaywalk, turn without signaling, not buckle up, license plate light is out, didn’t turn in proper turn area, and then have some rookie tell you how dangerous it is.
    Then you have the reservation perspective, quick to stop somebody if they look intoxicated and take them to jail, but when it comes to solving a dispute they are quick to say “oh this is a civil matter we have no jurisdiction when it comes to that”.
    I understand they are humans too but only a small percentage of the valley locals are worth their time when it comes to stopping inyo county crime. No matter how far down on the totem pole they have to go to find something to do.
    So I will agree its nice to know somebody is there to help if you need it.
    I’ll go ahead and put me foot in my mouth now.


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