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Oct 6, 2012 10:37 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Homemade explosive device found in San Mateo park


SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - San Mateo police have cleared out a community park after a work crew found what a police spokesman is calling a "homemade explosive device."

Police say a park employee found three clear plastic bottles containing liquid with a strong chemical smell at Casanova Park Saturday morning.

A San Mateo County hazmat team and the bomb squad were called in to the remove the bottles. The park and a nearby residential area of about 15 homes were also evacuated. Other neighborhood residents were urged to stay in their homes.

No additional details have been released, but Norris says the bottles will be sent to the county's crime lab for analysis.

Investigators believe the discovery of the materials is an isolated incident.

No arrests have been made and there were no injuries.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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