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Suspicious device rendered safe in Tierrasanta

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A suspicious device reported in Tierrasanta Sunday prompted a response from the bomb squad and was rendered safe, fire officials said.

The device was reported to be a hand grenade, although that remained unconfirmed by officers. It was reported in the 3200 block of Santo Rd. near Sculpin Street, according to San Diego police Officer Dan Lasher.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department sent their bomb squad after the device was reported at 11:41 a.m., a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Dispatcher said.

San Diego police also dispatched the Metro Arson Strike Team to investigate, Lasher said.

The device was "rendered safe" at 1:05 p.m., the dispatcher said.

In World War II, Tierrasanta was called the Camp Elliott gunnery range, where Marines used live explosives for training. The area was developed for homes 30 years ago, and old grenades and other ordinance frequently surfaced.

After two 8-year-old boys were killed by a live anti-tank shell in 1983, the Army Corps of Engineers scraped much of the area between houses and recovered tons of unexploded ordinance, according to newspaper accounts from 1987.

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