Police: Geismar plant worker made bomb threat to get break from heat

A contract worker at an area plant who made a telephone bomb threat last month because he was hot and wanted a work break was booked Tuesday on one count of terrorizing, said Sgt. Steven Nethken, a Gonzales police detective.

Trenton Marshall Osburn, 18, of Baytown, Texas, told investigators it was extremely hot and he wanted a break when he called in a bomb threat May 22 to the Gonzales office of his employer, CB&I, saying that the Williams Olefin’s plant in Geismar, where he and other CB&I employees were working, had 30 minutes to evacuate.

“Fifteen hundred people had to evacuate that day,” Nethken said, adding the resources needed to track down the call took several officers away from their jobs. “We’re going to see this thing through and make sure he’s prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The call was traced by police to a cellphone belonging to Osburn, who was still employed by CB&I and working at the Williams Olefin’s plant when he was arrested Tuesday morning.

During questioning, Osburn admitted to making the bomb threat call, according to police.

Osburn is also wanted for an outstanding arrest warrant from Kenefick, Texas, on one count of a terroristic threat against a public servant.

Osburn has been booked into the Ascension Parish Jail and is waiting for a judge to set bail.