Goldfield open after explosives cleared |

Goldfield open after explosives cleared

Staff Reports

Highway 95 through Goldfield reopened 7:25 p.m. Tuesday after being closed for most of the day while bomb units worked to clear explosives found during a vehicle stop.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, Esmeralda County deputies were dispatched to a road rage report at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday. They made a stop near the Esmeralda County Courthouse, and detained the occupants of the vehicle.

During an inventory of the vehicle was conducted, a rifle and an undisclosed amount of explosives were found inside, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The highway was closed and traffic diverted down side streets in Goldfield.

The Las Vegas Metro Police Bomb Squad was requested and arrived on scene at approximately 11:20 a.m. to help clear the explosives found.

The Esmeralda Courthouse, Esmeralda County Dispatch and other buildings within a 1,500-foot radius of the vehicle with explosives were evacuated. The highway remains closed at this time and no word on when it will re-open, according to NHP spokesman David Gibson.

Nye County Dispatch in Tonopah is handling emergency calls for Esmeralda County during the evacaution.