Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On July 27, 2023, at about 12:03 p.m., a community member contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center to report a suspicious object resembling a grenade discovered in the brush on a walking trail near Pond Avenue in Scotia.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team was dispatched to investigate and the Scotia Volunteer Fire Department responded to assist.

EOD deputies inspected the object and determined it to be a modified Vietnam-era military submunition. Deputies rendered the ordnance safe on scene. No suspect information is available at this time.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that if you see something suspicious or out of place in your neighborhood, do not touch or move it, but contact your local law enforcement.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539, reference case number 202303427.