February 28, 2024

OROVILLE – The contents of a 1936 Woman Scout first support package induced a kerfuffle downtown on Friday that resulted in a response from the Oroville Police Division bomb squad and the closing of the 1300 block of Huntoon Road for a short while.

The occasion came about on the Argonaut Parlor No. 8, Native Sons of the Golden West headquarters at 1332 Huntoon Road when member Karen Von Bargen was sorting by way of a field of her deceased mom’s antiques. Among the many gadgets was the small first support package which contained two “very small, tiny, actually” gauze pads of picric acid, stated her husband, Carl Von Bargen.

“Karen didn’t know what (picric acid) was so she googled it. She’s a googler,” stated Carl Von Bargen, additionally a Native Son member. “When she learn that it was an unstable substance she thought ‘expensive God,’ I higher work out what to do with it.’ She didn’t actually assume it was a giant deal as a result of it was such a small quantity. She simply needed to know the appropriate approach to get rid of it.”

Picric acid is a chemical “used as an explosive in giant portions and an antiseptic in small portions up to now. If the chemical turns into dry, it turns into unstable and has the potential of spontaneously combusting,” in keeping with an Oroville Police Division press launch.

Karen Von Bargen referred to as the Oroville Fireplace Division to ask them methods to get rid of the substance.