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Bomb squad removes old military explosive from Burbank home

October 3, 2010 |  8:52 am

Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's bomb squad hauled what appears to have been an old military explosive from a Burbank home Saturday afternoon after surprised residents found the heavy metal object in their home.

Burbank police officers evacuated homes immediately adjacent to the house on Rose Street near Magnolia Avenue, according to Sgt. Meadows.

Meadows said officers went to a single-family home at around 4 p.m. after receiving a call from a resident. The resident had found an unexploded device apparently left by a previous owner.

“It was unexploded military ordnance,” said Meadows, who added that it was similar to material a person might be able to buy at a surplus store. “The bomb squad came out, secured it and took it away,” said Meadows.

A spokesman for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department could not offer any information on the incident Saturday night.

However, an e-mail from the resident of a home on the 1100 block of Rose Street stated that a male found a box in the attic of the home that had been there since before the current residents moved in six years ago.

He saw a heavy, triangular metal object, and neither he nor a female resident in the home could identify it. They called a surplus store, and were advised to call the Burbank police right away.

They later learned from a neighbor that the prior resident was related to a collector of military items. The bomb squad looked for other military items in the home, but found none, according to the resident.

-- Bill Kisliuk reporting for the Glendale News-Press