Construction Explosive Found in Residential Neighborhood

Thousand Oaks, CA – Construction crews trenching the street in the 1500 block of Adele Place have located a possible underground construction-related explosive.

Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel said the unexploded ordnance found beneath the earth on Adele Place, a tiny residential street with seven homes near Lynn Road, has since been disarmed, The street is a short distance from two churches and Redwood Middle School.

The material was stabilized and made safe. No property or persons are in danger at this time and no evacuations are necessary.

Investigators determined the explosive was left behind from construction that occurred around 1973. Specialized equipment is being brought in for further evaluation and safe removal of the material.

The neighborhood is open for normal activity; however, the cul-de-sac is restricted to residents only. But before the explosive can be removed, TOPD is awaiting the opinion of a geotechnical expert, a process that could take 24 to 48 hours, Hagel said. Until that time, the device has been covered by a 2,000-pound steel plate and the police chief said an officer would be on site around the clock to keep watch over the area.

The police chief credited an astute equipment operator for spotting the device while in the process of trenching the street. The crew was doing work for SoCal Edison.