A Woodland fire station was evacuated this morning after a citizen brought to the station a suspicious device found in an empty house in the neighborhood.
Police responded to Fire Station No. 2 at 1619 West St. about 10:30 a.m. after receiving a call from firefighters. Upon arrival, officers believed the device was some type of explosive, according to a Police Department news release. They isolated the device, evacuated the fire station, blocked traffic in and around the intersection of West Street and El Dorado Drive, and notified neighbors to shelter in place. They also relocated students and staff members at Woodland Christian Elementary School to the western portion of the school.
The Yolo County Bomb Squad was summoned and took over the scene, safely attempting to detonate the device and then removing it.
The school and intersection were reopened about 1 p.m.
Police and the bomb squad are investigating the incident.
They advise anyone who finds a device that looks suspicious not to attempt to manipulate, move or examine it, but instead to leave it in place, evacuate the immediate area and call law enforcement officers to evaluate it.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 666-2411.