Bomb threat shuts down Sutter Street in Folsom

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
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FOLSOM, CA - A bomb threat Monday temporarily shut down Sutter Street and police evacuated businesses in the Folsom Historic District. The suspect, a homeless man, had barricaded himself under The Fire House in the 700 block of Sutter Street in Folsom. Police eventually got the man out and re-opened the street around 1:30 p.m. on Monday with the help of a police K-9 unit. Folsom Police officials said the police dog sniffed out the makeshift propane bomb in the basement where the man had barricaded himself. The Fire House owner, Diana Appel, said a homeless man was sleeping under her store for an unknown time and became discouraged when police tried to remove him from the store premises. “Yesterday, I saw the homeless man sleeping in the back of my store. I don’t know what happened to him, he just lost his bearings,” Appel said. “I called the police yesterday to have him taken away, but he left before they came. Then around 10 a.m. today, a customer was shopping and heard him knocking on the ceiling of my basement through my floor. Then, I knew this was something bigger. So I called the police and that’s when he barricaded himself.” Appel said the Folsom Police Department worked very quickly and safely to remove the suspect and reopen the street for customers. “I still feel safe,” she said. “This was just a random occurrence with a man who lost his way. Folsom is a very safe place.”