Antique fire extinguisher causes scare

August 31, 2010 5:58:04 PM PDT
An antique fire extinguisher caused some modern-day anxiety in Healdsburg this afternoon.

Police Lt. Kevin Young said a Healdsburg man received a package from a private shipping company today but did not recognize the Arizona return address on the shipping box.

The package was 18 inches long, 12 inches wide and 4 inches thick, police said.

When the man started opening the package, he saw a cylindrical steel device and brought it to police headquarters, Young said.

Healdsburg police called the Sonoma County sheriff's bomb squad. The package was X-rayed and was found to contain an antique fire extinguisher, Young said.

"It appears to be a classic mis-shipment," Young said.

Young said that a few years ago, a resident brought a grenade to police headquarters.

Residents who receive suspicious packages are advised to leave them unopened and call police, Young said.


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