GOLDFIELD (KSNV MyNews3.com) – Authorities in Esmeralda County closed U.S. 95 for several hours after officers found explosives in a vehicle stopped during a routine traffic stop in Goldfield, located nearly 200 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
U.S. 95 has been closed at Goldfield and traffic is being re-routed around the town via back roads. About 100 of Goldfield’s 248 residents have been evacuated, including everyone from the courthouse and a nearby elementary school.
An Esmeralda County sheriff dispatcher said Wednesday that U.S. 95 reopened late Tuesday after the day-long incident in Goldfield.
Authorities say two people were arrested early Tuesday by Nevada Highway Patrol troopers and sheriff's deputies from Nye and Esmeralda counties investigating a report of a road rage incident and possible shooting.
An Associated Press report says one person was arrested in relation to the incident. In an email to KSNV, the FBI Las Vegas Division said it is aware of and assisting in the situation.
Deputies were dispatched onto U.S. 95 from a 6:40 a.m. call of a road rage incident.
When Deputies made a traffic stop near the Esmeralda County Courthouse, they made contact with the vehicle and its occupants who were detained and questioned.
When an inventory of the vehicle was conducted, a rifle and an undisclosed amount of explosives were found.
U.S. 95 was then closed to protect the safety of the public.
The Las Vegas Metro Police Bomb Squad was requested and arrived on scene to assist with the explosives that were found.
The Esmeralda Courthouse, Esmeralda Co. Dispatch and other buildings within a 1,500 feet radius of the vehicle with explosives were evacuated.
There were no injuries.