Investigators blow up suspicious materials, arrest man in Citrus Heights

CITRUS HEIGHTS - The Sacramento County sheriff's bomb squad blew up suspicious materials and arrested a man Thursday morning after firefighters extinguished a kitchen fire at a home in Citrus Heights Wednesday night.

Sacramento Metro Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire in the 7500 block of Peachtree Avenue shortly before 6 p.m.

After firefighters put out the fire, they found containers of suspicious materials and contacted Citrus Heights police to investigate.

When police arrived, they believed the containers to be unstable and potentially explosive. They called the bomb squad to assist and confirm.

Several residences in the nearby area were evacuated as a precaution. Paula Strike was not allowed to drive her car to her home along the block. She was told she would have to walk in and then shelter in place.

"It's scary. It's unnerving," Strike said. "I've got to get back to my husband."

After the material was confirmed to be explosive, they were safely detonated Thursday morning with three controlled detonations.

Following the detonations, police arrested Cale Crase, 25, of Citrus Heights, for alleged possession of explosive devices, illegal materials intended to make explosive devices, and possession of a firearm according to Citrus Heights spokesman Wesley Herman.

Crase was booked into the Sacramento County main jail.

There were no injuries or property damage due to the initial kitchen fire or detonations according to Herman.


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