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Apr 17, 2014 3:55 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

UPDATE: Evacuation orders lifted in Solvang

Evacuation orders have been lifted in Solvang after a potentially explosive military ordnance was found in the city's business district Wednesday afternoon.

Just after midnight, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Bomb Squad and Vandenberg's EOD team removed the military ordnance and decided it was safe. Shortly after, the evacuation was lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The device was initially reported around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive.

About 500 to 700 homes and businesses, including several hotels, in the nearby area received Reverse 911 calls Wednesday evening instructing them to evacuate.

The American Red Cross set up a location for those were evacuated at the Veteran's Memorial Hall at 1745 Mission Drive. It took several hours for everyone to safely get out of the area.

The incident remains under investigation.

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