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* Suspicious Package Found At Martinez School Was A Minor Explosive

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A suspicious object found at the Martinez Unified School District office this morning turned out to be a minor explosive device like those used to shoot fireworks into the air, Martinez police Lt. Jon Sylvia said. A school district employee discovered the device, which was wrapped in paper and had a fuse coming out the top, at about 7:12 a.m. at the rear door of the school district offices at 921 Susana St.

Police responded to the scene and closed Susana Street between Court Street and Estudillo Street. Staff members at the nearby Martinez Junior High were notified of the situation and kept students away from the area, Sylvia said. Police also checked all the schools in Martinez for similar objects, but didn’t find any.

The Walnut Creek bomb squad arrived at about 9 a.m. and quickly neutralized the device, which was a commercial mortar filled with black powder, Sylvia said. If the device had discharged, it likely wouldn’t have caused any injury or damage, Sylvia said.

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