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Updated: Base Bomb Scare Is False Alarm

Seal Beach Boulevard was closed Tuesday as a bomb squad handled a grenade that was brought to the Navy base entrance.

A man caused a major scare Tuesday when he brought a grenade he had found to the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station in an effort to "return it to the military."

Authorities closed down Seal Beach Boulevard for nearly three hours along with the entrance to the Navy base as the Orange County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad examined the explosive, said Gregg Smith, base spokesman. After X-raying the device, authorities determined it was a not a live grenade.

“It didn’t contain any explosive,” said Smith. It was a WWI German military grenade that had been hollowed out.

The incident began at about 3 p.m., when a man showed up at the pass-and-identification office outside the entrance to the base, said Smith.

“He stated he had found what appeared to be a grenade, and he wanted to return it to the military,” said Smith.

Base personnel instructed him to leave the device on the front steps as the building was evacuated.

By 5:30 p.m., police began reopening Seal Beach Boulevard to traffic.

JDHART December 19, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Doomsday prepers!!!!!! Bunker down!
Watts December 19, 2012 at 09:08 AM
...and this kept some people from making happy hour ;-)
Edmund Bowers December 20, 2012 at 03:07 AM
It took the military THREE HOURS to determine that this grenade was not live???Wow, that really makes me feel safe living close to the Naval Weapons Center! Were these Homeland Security employees transferred in? Ed B
StfuIdiot December 20, 2012 at 05:16 AM
The article states that Orange County Sheriff's Department examined the explosive. Where does it say the military took custody of it? The military is there to protect the base. For someone as old as you, one would figure you'd have a bit more respect for the military. Let me ask you, how would you handle the situation? Go kick it? throw some water on it? Yell at it? Get back to your weather channel.

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