On Monday, March 23, law-enforcement officials at the Santee sheriff's station on Cuyamaca Street were forced to evacuate their building in response to a credible bomb threat.
Shortly after 2 p.m., an unidentified man had entered the station carrying a bag of pipe bombs he said he’d found nearby.
Before sheriffs detonated the bombs outside the station, nearby businesses were evacuated and Cuyamaca Street was closed. Traffic in the area was diverted around the main thoroughfare and trolley services to Santee were terminated at nearby Gillespie Field. The area was reopened after a two-hour period.
The man was questioned by police but not arrested.