Bomb scare closes Hwy 1 in Pacifica

July 19, 2009 6:21:52 PM PDT
Part of Highway 1 in Pacific was closed Sunday as police investigated a bomb scare.

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Someone living in an apartment complex called police just before 8 a.m. to complain about a cardboard box that smelled like chemicals. A resident moved the box to the sidewalk outside the complex on Francisco Boulevard.

Police evacuated about 15 residents for six hours as they called in the bomb squad.

They x-rayed the box and determined it was an improvised explosive device, so they detonated it with a water cannon.

Hazmat crews are still working to determine what the chemical was.

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