A guest at the Yucca Street Motel 6 in Barstow, Calif., left more than a tip when he vacated his room. The unidentified item left behind turned out to be a piece of military-grade artillery ordnance.
What was even more curious is the fact that the new guests found the explosive device after the room had supposedly been cleaned by a maid. The new guests called the front desk and complained that there was “debris” in their room and a housekeeper was dispatched to clean up the trash.
As it turned out, the job was a little over the employee’s pay-grade and after local law enforcement arrived they notified the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
While waiting for the EOD Team, Barstow police evacuated the motel going door to door before 9 a.m. Friday morning. They wasted no time with pleasantries, telling the guests there was a live-bomb on site and they needed to leave the premises. Most guests were able to walk across the street to a shopping center.
Lucky for this Motel 6 that Fort Irwin National Training Center is less than an hour’s drive away. The EOD Team determined that the military-grade weaponry was too unstable to transport any distance. The decision was made to take it to nearby open desert space for detonation.
Since all guests are required to register at check-in with a credit card, police are fairly confident they can find the name of the last person to occupy the room, but that solves only part of the mystery. Presuming the bomb came from Fort Irwin Training Center, the questions of how it was allowed off base and why it was left in a room, remain to be answered.
No one was injured in the incident. There is an ongoing investigation by the Barstow Police Department. Anyone with information on the missing bomb should call Barstow Police at 760-256-2211.