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Apr 17, 2014 1:52 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

UPDATE: 500 to 700 homes and businesses evacuated in Solvang

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says 500 to 700 homes and businesses have been evacuated due to the explosive device found in Solvang Wednesday.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Bomb Squad and Vandenberg Air Force Base's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team are investigating what they're calling a potentially explosive military ordnance.

The device was reported around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive in Solvang's business district and near homes.

Deputies say 500 to 700 homes and businesses in the immediate area received Reverse 911 calls instructing them to evacuate the area.

An initial Reverse 911 call went out to about 400 phone numbers in the area around 8:00 p.m., but that was expanded to include more than 1,000 phone numbers in a 1500 foot radius of where the device was found.

The evacuation area includes south of Laurel Avenue, west of Alisal Road, north of Birch Drive, and East of 5th Street.

The Sheriff's Search and Rescue team is going door to door notifying people in the area of the mandatory evacuation.

The American Red Cross has set up a location for people who have been evacuated at the Veteran's Memorial Hall at 1745 Mission Drive in Solvang.

The evacuation area was set up as a safety precaution as officials investigate.

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