Shortly before midnight last night, Humboldt County Sheriff’ Deputies were dispatched to Highway 101 near Humboldt Hill Road after receiving reports that multiple subjects were trying to flag down motorists. Deputies arrived near the Humboldt Hill Vista and contacted Casey James Bushell, 18 of Eureka. Bushell told deputies he and his 16 year-old friend had detonated a homemade explosive device and his friend had been injured. Bushell said his friend had serious injuries to his hand. Bushell added his friend had already been able to flag down a ride and had left the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival.
After being stabilized at a local hospital, the injured teen was flown to the Bay Area for surgery on his hand.
Casey Bushell was arrested for Possession of a Destructive Device in a Public Area, Detonating an Explosive Device Causing Great Bodily Injury, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. His bail has been set at $500,000 and he is expected to be arraigned by Tuesday.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that homemade explosive devices are dangerous, unpredictable, and can cause serious injury or even death. If a device is located, please contact local law enforcement immediately.