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Date and Time of Release: 28 November 2011

Date and Time of Incident: 28 November 2011, at approx. 9:05 am

Subject: Fake Bomb

28 Nov. 2011, at approx. 9:05 am, the Sonora Police Department was advised of a possible bomb that was located just outside the north door (Yaney Ave. entrance) of the Tuolumne County Courthouse.

The item was in a canvas bag. It consisted of three red cylinder type items that were taped together. There was a wire running from the cylinders to a black box, which was also attached to the cylinders.

The Courthouse was evacuated for approx. 2 hours and traffic was diverted around the courthouse. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department’s Bomb Squad was contacted. They responded and examined the device and determined that it was inert, but looked very realistic. The Bomb Squad collected the item for further forensic evidence processing.

The investigation into this matter is continuing. It has been determined the item was left at the Courthouse sometime between 7am and 9 am. Courthouse surveillance tapes are going to be reviewed as part of the investigation. Anyone with information regarding who may have left the item at the Courthouse is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at 209-532-8141.