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Suspected Bomb Outside Of South Coast Government Complex Turns Out To Be Potted Plant

There was a scare at a South Coast government complex, when a suspicious looking package was spotted on its front lawn. It prompted evacuations, but it turned out to be something quite harmless. It was a plant.

Someone noticed the box in front of the Port Hueneme Civic Center just after 10 Wednesday morning. The complex is home to a number of government offices, including City Hall and the Port Hueneme Police Department.

City Hall was evacuated, and a nearby elementary school was placed on lockdown. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called to the scene. They determined the cardboard box contained a potted plant. Police are now trying to figure out how the plant ended up there, causing the scare.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.