For Immediate Release
PR #:1900030
Date Issued:Apr 01, 2019 - 1:59pm

Washoe County Sheriff's deputies arrest Reno man for detonating ice bombs in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

A Reno man is in custody on multiple charges after Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated the detonation of dry ice bombs near the playground at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park on Sunday afternoon.

At approximately noon on Sunday, March 31, 2019, deputies responded to a report of someone exploding dry ice bombs in the area of one of the picnic pavilions and playground within the park.

Deputies made contact with 39-year-old David Joseph Nava. After further investigation, Nava was arrested and charged with possession of an explosive or incendiary device in a public area.

Nava was also booked on two charges of child endangerment because children were present at the time the dry ice explosives were detonated.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reminds all residents that dry ice explosives are extremely dangerous and illegal. Anyone who comes across an unexploded dry ice device is warned not to touch the device and to contact law enforcement immediately.

Anyone who witnesses another person detonating a dry ice explosive is asked to call law enforcement immediately.

Always report suspicious activity. .  


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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