A sheriff's department bomb squad and a disposal unit from
Vandenberg Air Force Base investigated the unidentified device,
which was reported at around 3:30 p.m. local time in Solvang, a
town of about 5,000 residents some 130 miles outside Los
Residents in 500 to 700 homes and businesses had been ordered to
leave on Wednesday.
There were no reports of injury. It was unclear whether any
threat remained. The American Red Cross set up a location to
assist displaced people, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's
Shortly after midnight on Thursday, the bomb units removed the
military ordnance and "rendered it safe." The evacuation was
lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes, the
sheriff's office said.
Officials released a picture of what appeared to be an artillery
shell nestled on plastic bags, but did not provide any details.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle;
editing by Larry King
and Sofina Mirza-Reid)
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