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Explosive device found near California casino

2 March 2009

PLACERVILLE, California -- As reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal: "The Red Hawk Casino was closed for a short time early Friday morning when El Dorado Sheriff's deputies found an explosive device during a traffic stop near the casino.

"Kimber Thompson was stopped on a vehicle code violation on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs and found to have a warrant for her arrest and driving without license, authorities said.

"Deputies arrested Thompson and while searching her vehicle allegedly found marijuana, methamphetamine and an Improvised Explosive Device.

"The device, known as a cricket, was a small CO2 canister altered to resemble a pipe bomb and had "lethal capabilities." Because of the danger of moving it, the bomb squad destroyed the device on scene.

"Thompson was booked on suspicion of possession of an explosive device, possession of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license..."

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