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Smoke bomb prompts emergency in Anaheim

October 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The discovery of three possible explosive devices at an Anaheim recycling center Wednesday brought out firefighters, police, an Orange County sheriff's bomb squad and the U.S. Marine Corps -- but in the end the only live device they found was a 10-pound smoke bomb. The three devices were discovered about 4:15 p.m. in the 3200 block of East Frontera Street and were initially described as "three shells, 18 inches long," said Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez.

Anaheim firefighters responded and contacted Anaheim police, who in turn requested the sheriff's bomb squad. The recycling center was evacuated as a precaution, Martinez said.

The bomb squad deputies determined two of the devices were inert and not a danger, while one appeared to be "live ordnance," Martinez said.

Marine Corps explosives experts from Camp Pendleton were called. They determined the live device was a 10-pound smoke bomb or "smoke ordnance," said Anaheim Police Sgt. Tim Schmidt, who conferred with Marines at the recycling center.

The smoke device was to be taken to an Irvine county landfill tonight to be detonated, Schmidt said.