Explosives Found Under Acton Shack


A cache of explosives “large enough to level a city block” was discovered beneath a shack in Acton and exploded near a Castaic jail Wednesday by sheriff’s demolition specialists.

Robert Castillo, 20, was cleaning a shed at the rear of his in-law’s yard at 3860 Acton Ave. near 40th Street West at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday when he found a metal plate that led to an underground storage area, Sheriff’s Sgt. Larry Lincoln said.

Inside, Castillo found 100 pounds of explosives and called the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies took the explosives to the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho and destroyed them.


“The cache was large enough to level a city block,” Lincoln said.

Castillo told deputies that the property had been purchased from a railroad company, which apparently left the explosives, Lincoln said.