Bomb squad, Hazmat called out to BPD parking lot

Posted at 6:26 AM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 17:39:03-04

UPDATE (08/15 2:30 p.m.): The Bakersfield Police Department arrested Ronald James McVay in connected to the suspicious items found inside a car in the parking lot of City Hall.

He is being charged with two felony charges for the make of destructive devices without a permit and for the possession of a destructive device. 


UPDATE (8:20 a.m.): An investigation is ongoing after suspicious items were found inside a car in the parking lot south of City Hall. 

According to Bakersfield Police, crews were dispatched to the scene around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday. 

Hazmat and a city bomb squad unit are working the scene. 

The public works building has been evacuated. 

BPD says "citizens came forward with information, which led to a response."

Right now there are no suspects and there are no persons of interest and BPD says it will be a very long investigation. 

Bakersfield Fire crews are assisting at the scene. 


A bomb squad and Hazmat crews have been called out to the Bakersfield Police Department after a car was parked in a parking lot possibly with explosives in it.

According to BPD, a car was taken to the south parking lot of BPD's headquarters and possibly had an explosive device in it. 



The car is in the parking lot and has been secluded. Crews are creating a safety barrier.