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Indio sheriff's station briefly evacuated after resident brings in 'military ordnance'

January 5, 2011 |  5:45 pm

The sheriff's station in Indio was temporarily evacuated Wednesday afternoon when a resident brought in "military ordnance" that he had found, authorities said.

Deputies cordoned off surrounding streets and waited for the agency’s hazardous device team to drive from Riverside. By about 5:20 p.m., the ordnance had been determined to be inert and not a threat, said Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Joe Borja.

"We cleared the station as a precaution," Borja said.

Sheriff’s officials did not immediately say what type of ordnance the resident brought in or where it was found.

The resident drove it to the station and kept it in his car while he walked inside to alert deputies, Borja said.


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