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"Suspicious device" in North Park turns out to be a hoax

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A big headache Sunday for people living in North Park after a device wrapped in electrical tape with wires sticking out turned out to be a hoax.

The discovery was made around 9:30 a.m. in an alley near the 1800 block of Robinson Avenue near Florida Street. Nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.

THIS IS AN UPDATE TO THE PREVIOUS STORY BELOW.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A suspicious device found in a North Park alley Sunday prompted the evacuation of several homes and area street closures, police said.

The device, described as a 6-inch canister with exposed wires, was reported by an area resident about 9:40 a.m. in an alley near the 1800 block of Robinson Avenue, near Florida Street, according to San Diego police Officer Matt Enderlin.

Officers responded and evacuated about a dozen area homes and closed the 1800-2000 blocks of Robinson Avenue and Florida Street between University Avenue and Florida Court, Enderlin said.

Officers from the Metro Arson Strike Team used a robot to retrieve the suspicious device and continued to investigate what it is, Enderlin said.

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