Suspicious lamp prompts evacuation
A Huntington Beach homeowner saw the object in a garage.
By RYAN HAMMILL
The Orange County Register
HUNTINGTON BEACH — A report of a suspicious lamp in a garage led to a neighborhood evacaution today before the Orange County sheriff’s bomb squad determined that the object was harmless.
A Mangrum Drive homeowner called Huntinton Beach police about 3 p.m. after seeing wires protruding from the base and an unfamiliar light bulb, Sgt. Dave Bunetta said.
Police officers visually inspected the lamp before calling the bomb squad and the Huntington Beach Fire Department’s hazardous material unit, Bunetta said.
Residents within 300 feet of the house were evacuated for about 3½ hours during the investigation.
The house is next door to a home day care, which also was evacuated, and two blocks from Marina High School.