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Bomb squad detonates suspicious device in Kearny Mesa

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The discovery of a suspicious-looking device in a van at a Kearny Mesa tow yard Tuesday prompted a closure of a nearby street for a number of hours while a bomb squad investigated and destroyed the object, which turned out to be harmless.

The owner of the business in the 7500 block of Ronson Road reported finding the roughly 7-inch-long plastic cylinder at about 1:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Police closed down a stretch of the roadway near Convoy Street while an explosives team was en route, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.

The bomb squad used a mobile robot equipped with an X-ray camera to examine the tube, which had wires coming out of it.

About 4:30 p.m., the team used a remote-controlled charge to safely blow the object apart. A subsequent examination of the remnants revealed that it had been some sort of "jerry-rigged" homemade laser device, the spokesman said.

The roadway was reopened in the early evening.

Two boxes of ammunition also were found in the van, according to Luque.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The discovery of a possible construction-related explosive device in a car at a Kearny Mesa tow yard Tuesday prompted the closure of a nearby street while a bomb squad investigated.

The owner of the business in the 7500 block of Ronson Road reported finding the object about 1:30 p.m., saying it resembled a blasting cap, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Police closed down a stretch of the roadway near Convoy Street while an explosives team was en route, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.

The bomb squad used an X-ray apparatus to examine and detonate the unidentified object.

Authorities were investigating exactly what the object was.

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