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Redding school evacuated after neighbors tipped off to explosives in their backyard

A Redding elementary school was evacuated Thursday afternoon after police received a report of explosives on nearby property.

Officers were dispatched at 1:16 p.m. to the 3400 block Hiatt Drive after a couple reported finding a note on their front door advising them that explosives had been concealed on their property, according to a Police Department news release. The note did not include any threats, according to police.

Officers summoned the Shasta County Bomb Team, and Buckeye Elementary School, in the same block, was evacuated due to its proximity to the residence, the release said.

The bomb team located two packages of an explosive material similar to C4, a plastic explosive, concealed in the backyard of the residence and collected them. Police said the investigation is continuing.

Investigators do not believe the explosives were intended to harm anyone on Hiatt Drive or at the school, or that there was any connection with an officer-involved shooting that occurred on the street last week, the news release said.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4214.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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