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Possible WWII explosive found at Laguna home

June 26, 2012
(Courtesy Laguna…)

A reported Japanese World War II explosive was disabled in the garage of a Glenneyre home Monday, police said.

Residents informed police of a possible explosive device at their home in the 2300 block and officers responded at 6:18 p.m., according to Lt. Jason Kravetz.

The residents, who recently bought the house, told police that the previous resident was a World War II veteran. While in their garage, they found what they thought was a small mortar shell.

An officer with previous military experience identified it as a possible Japanese explosive from World War II.

At the time of the call, police were unable to determine if the device was live, a spotter or practice round or an inert device, Kravetz said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Bomb Squad Investigator arrived at the scene and also identified it as a possible explosive. A bomb squad officer was able to render the device safe and disposed of it.

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— Joanna Clay

Twitter: @joannaclay

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