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Apr 17, 2014 6:42 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Santa Barbara Co. Sheriff's Office investigating military ordnance found in Solvang

Things are returning to normal in Solvang after a potentially explosive device was found in the city's business district Wednesday afternoon.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Bomb Squad and Vandenberg's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team found a military ordnance around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive.

"We definitely welcome any information from the public on how this military ordnance piece was there, and any information that they have about it," said Kelly Hoover, the Public Information Officer for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office says 500 to 700 homes and businesses, including several hotels in the nearby area, received reverse 911 calls instructing them to evacuate.

Just after midnight Thursday, the bomb squad and EOD team removed the military ordnance from the area and decided it was safe.

Shortly after, the evacuation orders were lifted, and people in the area were allowed to return to their homes.

"My friend told me that there was a bomb scare, and I was kind of skeptical because it's Solvang, and I went to tell my parents, and they're like ya, we just received the call, and there is one," said Jessica Salomon, who lives in Solvang and was evacuated during the incident.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

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