Neighbors evacuated after military ordnance found in home

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SAN DIEGO — Half a dozen homes in Mira Mesa were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after military ordnance was found, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Crews were called to a residence on Avenida Del Gato near Westmore Road around 3:30 p.m. when family members of a man who recently died were cleaning out his home and found dozens of “suspicious devices.”

Commander of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Bomb Squad Captain Jeff Ring said among those items found were hundreds of rounds of small arms ammunition as well as mortar rounds and rocket rounds.

“When we first see something they often appear very, very real and if in fact that are live pieces of military ordnance they pose a great hazard to the community,” Ring said.

About 14 people were told to leave their homes for safety reasons.

The San Diego Fire Bomb Squad was being assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and an explosive ordnance disposal team. San Diego Fire-Rescue said none of the devices were found hazardous.

Evacuation orders were lifted late Wednesday.

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