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Military Ordnance Discovered At South Coast Home; Taken To Park For Detonation

(Santa Barbara Police photo)
Some of the military ordinance found in a Santa Barbara neighborhood

Some people cleaning out a shed on the South Coast got a lot more than they bargained for, when some bomblike items they found turned out to be real military bombs.

The people were were taking out items from a shed on the 300 block of Ladera Street Saturday afernoon, when they found a half dozen items which looked like old military shells.  Some were the size of a wine bottle.

They called Santa Barbara Police, who in turned called military ordnance experts at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  They determined the shells were real, and at least some were potentially active.

Because of their age and instablity, it was recommended that they be exploded on site rather than taken to the base for disposal.  The shed was too close to homes, so officials came up with a plan.  Nearby Pershing Park was evacuated, and the items were take their in a police motorcade, where they were safely exploded.  The whole process took more than six hours, but no one was hurt.

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.