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North and southbound Highway 101 lanes north of Los Alamos close temporarily Friday for possible bomb investigation


LOS ALAMOS, Calif. – All southbound and northbound Highway 101 lanes at Cat Canyon Road closed twice Friday for an investigation of a possible bomb, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Caltrans said the lanes were closed first at 1:00 p.m., and then again just before 3:00 p.m. when the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office arrived to investigate the scene.

Workers closed down the highway due to a possible home made bomb near Cat Canyon that a Caltrans worker found on Friday morning at 10:07 a.m., according to CHP.

CHP officers said they responded to the scene and set up a command post, and notified the County Sheriffs Office.

CHP said the second closure was estimated to end around 4:00 p.m.

However, Caltrans announced that all lanes reopened just before 7:00 p.m.

The first closure at 1:00 p.m. was supposed to last about 30 minutes, according to Jim Shivers, spokesman for CalTrans District 5.

Northbound lanes were diverted to Highway 135 at Los Alamos, and the southbound lanes exited at Union Valley Parkway in Santa Maria and onto Highway 135, Shivers said.

As of 1:49 p.m., all lanes were reopened, before closing again around 3:00 p.m.

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