Suspicious Package and Bomb Threat Evacuates County Building

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Updated by Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office
5:00 p.m., April 17, 2019

Sheriff’s Bomb Squad Investigates Bomb Threat and Suspicious Package at County Administrative Building

At approximately 10:40 a.m. this morning, April 17, 2019, Sheriff’s deputies and Santa Barbara Police officers responded to a report of a bomb threat at the Santa Barbara County Administrative Office Building located in the 100 block of East Anapamu St. in downtown Santa Barbara. An investigation is underway by the Santa Barbara Police Department to identify and locate the person who called 911 and made the threat. 

The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was notified and County employees in the building were instructed to search their area for any suspicious items. A package was located on the first floor during the search. The decision was made to evacuate the building and surrounding area. Streets surrounding the County Building in the busy downtown Santa Barbara area were blocked off and traffic was diverted away from the County Building.

The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad arrived and determined the package was uninvolved and was not a threat. A team of three specialty trained bomb detection K9 teams were brought in to search the building and adjacent parking lot. The K9 teams included, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Police Department and Cal State San Bernardino Police Department. The K9 teams were attending regional training in Ventura County and were able to quickly respond and assist. No items were located during the search and at approximately 2:15 p.m. the evacuation was lifted and the building was reoccupied. 

The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad is the only public safety Bomb Squad in Santa Barbara County. The squad serves the entire county and all law enforcement jurisdictions at no charge to any requesting agency. The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad provides expert explosive and bomb disposal response 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.

Updated by the edhat staff
2:32 p.m., April 17, 2019

A Santa Barbara County building on E. Anapamu Street was evacuated due to a suspicious package.

Around 1:30 p.m., an edhat reader reported a possible bomb threat at the building located at 123 E. Anapamu Street. 

Roger the Scanner Guy confirms this was not a bomb threat and the barricades have been broken down. 

Traffic was affected in the area. Edhat will update this article with more information as it becomes available. 

Reported by edhat readers
1:39 p.m., April 17, 2019
  • There's a bomb threat at the County building. Downtown traffic is snarled due to street closures. The building is located at 123 E. Anapamu between Anacapa Street and Santa Barbara Street. 

  • What's with all the police activity downtown?  About 20 cop cars around the County Admin office downtown SB.

  • What's going on? Anacapa and Anapamu.. streets blocked off, lots of police and news crews


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