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UPDATE: Authorities offer new information on early morning blast in Bermuda Dunes


UPDATE 1/31/20 - 6:30 p.m.

The Riverside County District Attorney's Office confirmed the blasts were related to an incident in which authorities found more than 100 pounds of homemade explosives and military ordnance items, including C4, were found inside a home inside the Bermuda Dunes Country Club.

Authorities also found 53 firearms inside the home.

The blasts were the result of two items that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team disposed of after it was deemed too unstable and unsafe to be able transport/store.

FULL DETAILS: Homemade explosives, military ordnance items found in valley home



Authorities clarified their explanation of two explosions people in and around Bermuda Dunes reported hearing early Friday morning.

A Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman initially said deputies conducted a controlled detonation of illegal fireworks while responding to a family disturbance at approximately 2 a.m. in Bermuda Dunes.

But later Friday morning, the department said the domestic disturbance and explosions were unrelated, according to Deputy Robyn Flores.

People reported hearing two blasts in the Bermuda Dunes area. People reported hearing the noise in neighboring communities in north La Quinta, and in Indio.

Flores said a Riverside County Gang Impact Team operation was also being conducted overnight and that the DA's Office would be providing more details later in the day Friday.

KESQ News Channel 3 had calls of a heavy police presence near the airport on Avenue 42.

Stay with News Channel 3 for updates on this developing story.

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