Oxnard police and fire departments are investigating an incident that occurred on June 18, 2016, at the Walmart on Saviers Road where someone tried to create an explosive mixture of chemicals in the store. The police received word of a suspicious device in the store. After evacuating the building, police found a fish bowl filled with three different chemicals that had been obtained from within the store. An electrical device was put into the bowl that was intended to heat the chemicals to create an explosion. Hazmat crews tested the mixture and confirmed that the three chemicals had the potential to explode when combined.
Police and fire hazmat personnel conferred with the FBI and Sheriff's Bomb Squad by phone to determine if the device as constituted was explosive and were satisfied it was not. The store was searched aisle by aisle to make sure there were no other devices and none were found and by mid-afternoon the store was deemed safe.
Although the police are still investigating this matter, it is likely that the individual or individuals involved could be charged with possession of destructive device materials as well additional charges such as criminal threat under California Penal Code Section 422, if the person threatened to create an explosion inside the store.
Possession of Destructive Device Materials
In the state of California, Penal Code 18720 provides:
“Every person who possesses any substance, material, or any combination of substances or materials, with the intent to make any destructive device or any explosive without first obtaining a valid permit to make that destructive device or explosive, is guilty of a felony, and is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for two, three, or four years.”
Possessing the materials to make a destructive device carries harsher penalties than the related crime of possession of a destructive device (Penal Code 18710). There is no specific list of materials that may be considered destructive device materials listed in the statute, but they may include:
Chemicals that can trigger explosives when mixed with other agents:
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