Copyright 1995 The Chronicle Publishing Co.
The San Francisco Chronicle
MAY 20, 1995, SATURDAY, FINAL EDITION
SECTION: NEWS; Pg. A18; BAY AREA REPORT
LENGTH: 167 words
HEADLINE: SONOMA COUNTY Bomb Tensions Prompt Santa Rosa Evacuations
Santa Rosa -- Heightened awareness of bombs by public officials prompted the evacuation of a state office building and a high school yesterday after three concrete cylinders were found partially buried in shrubbery.
A spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said vigilance has been increased since the destruction of the federal building in Oklahoma City and the killing of a timber industry lobbyist in Sacramento who opened a parcel bomb sent by the Unabomber.
The concrete cylinders may have been there for some time, said the CDF area chief Dean Lucke, but no one was taking any chances after the discovery shortly before 10 a.m. Authorities evacuated the 60 employees of the CDF regional office at 135 Ridgeway Avenue and 225 students and staff from nearby Ridgeway High School.
The cylinders, which measured about a foot long by 6 inches in diameter, were taken by the Santa Rosa bomb squad to an old naval airfield and blown up.