Authorities have closed a section of State Route 299 this afternoon after a Caltrans road crew found a full ammunition box on the roadside.
The closure was made near Old Shasta, eastbound at Swazey Road and westbound at Red Bluff Road, with a detour in effect via county roads.
California Highway Patrol officers responded to clear the scene, Caltrans District 2 spokesman Michael Mayor said.
The highway has since been reopened.
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Bomb squad called to Highway 299;
road reopened west of Redding
SHASTA — The Shasta County Sheriff's bomb squad was dispatched this afternoon to the side of Highway 299 after highway workers found explosives, possibly dynamite on the shoulder of the road.
Both directions of the highway west of Redding were closed at 2:45 p.m. as a precaution, said Michael Mayor, a California Department of Transportation spokesman.
But the road was quickly reopened just minutes later at 3:05 p.m.
Detours started for eastbound drivers at Swasey Drive and at Red Bluff Road for westbound travelers.
Mayor said Caltrans workers, California Highway Patrol officers and members of the bomb squad were dispatched to the scene.
CHP spokesman Kurt Heuer said no one has been injured, and the road has been closed as a precaution to let the bomb squad properly dispose of the explosives.
The explosives were safely picked up and removed from the roadway at 3 p.m., Mayor said.
The bomb squad reportedly transported the explosives to a nearby shooting range where they could be safely detonated.