KCSO: Man "booby-trapped" home with explosives

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 21:39:33-05

Local law enforcement continues investigating an explosive situation still unfolding in the Mojave Desert where a man was arrested after making threats to local law enforcement on Facebook.

The home is on the 300 block of Buluwago Avenue in Johannesburg, California, which is on the far eastern edge of Kern County, about two hours from Bakersfield.

When deputies initially searched the home of 51-year-old Todd Sloan they found several commercial and homemade explosives and there were booby traps throughout the home.

Deputies in tactical gear have been using robots and other devices to detonate the explosives inside of the home. Deputies say Sloan was also making threats to federal law enforcement and that he was armed when he was arrested.

On Monday officials found six pipe bombs and a water bottle IED.

Sloan faces four felony charges including possession of an explosive device, and illegally possessing a firearm.

His bail was set at more than $2 million dollars and he's due in court Tuesday afternoon.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office says bomb squads are going to be on scene for several days until the home is determined to be safe.

The BPD, Kern County Fire, the FBI and the ATF are all assisting in the investigation.