Highway 166 was closed just before noon east of Maricopa after a Caltrans worker found a suspicious device.

Highway 166 was closed just before noon east of Maricopa after a Caltrans worker found a suspicious device.


The Kern County Sheriff's bomb squad is en route.


The device has "some of the characteristics of being a homemade explosive device," Sgt. Martin Downs said.


The device is on the south shoulder of the road just east of the city limits. Check Taftmidwaydriller.com later for more information.