LAWNDALE, Calif. — The Latest on a cache of military explosives found at a Southern California home (all times local):
About 100 people who were forced from their homes in a Los Angeles-area neighborhood overnight are returning after authorities removed a cache of old military explosives.
Investigators gave the all-clear at a Lawndale home at about 2 p.m. Thursday — more than 14 hours after the bombs, mortar shells and other items were discovered.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says 15 to 30 grenades, shells, and other ordnance were found late Thursday night in the backyard of a vacant home used by transients. The items may have dated back to World War II.
Investigators said most of the devices were duds but concerns about a case of ammunition and other items kept them from lifting the evacuation.
It’s unclear how long the explosives were sitting in the backyard or who put them there.
Neighbors tell KABC-TV (http://bit.ly/2xQPFPF ) that a man who once lived at the home wore military clothing but it’s unclear whether he was a veteran. They say he died a few months ago.
About 100 people remain evacuated from a Los Angeles-area neighborhood after a cache of old military-grade explosives were found in a backyard.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says between 15 and 30 pieces of ordnance, possibly dating back to World War II, were found Thursday night in Lawndale at a vacant house used by homeless people. They appear to include rusty artillery shells, mortar rounds, bullets and a grenade.
Investigators remain at the scene Friday. They say most devices were inert and were removed but there still are concerns about a case of ammunition.
A parolee who was parked in front of the home has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a loaded gun but authorities say he has no connection to the explosives.
Authorities say a cache of old military-grade explosives — some apparently active and some inert — were found in the backyard of a Los Angeles-area home, prompting officials to evacuate part of the neighborhood.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says bomb squad investigators were still at the home in Lawndale Friday morning.
Deputies had been called to the home Thursday night and discovered “military ordinances” in the backyard. Investigators said at least some of the explosives appeared to be active.
Houses on a few surrounding blocks were evacuated and residents were taken to a temporary shelter at a nearby high school.
The sheriff’s department says one person was detained at the scene.