As many as 700 homes and businesses were evacuated as a precaution Wednesday night in Solvang after the discovery of a potentially explosive military ordnance, authorities said.
The device was found around 3:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive in Solvang’s business district, according to a news release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s bomb squad and Vandenberg Air Force Base’s explosive ordnance disposal(EOD) team were investigating the device, the release stated.
Reverse 911 calls were initially sent to 400 homes and business around 8 p.m. instructing residents to evacuate.
That number was later expanded to between 500 and 700 numbers, the release stated.
The evacuation area included South of Laurel Avenue, West of Alisal Road, North of Birch Drive and East of 5th Street.
Sheriff’s search and rescue team members were going door to door to notify residents of the mandatory evacuation.
The American Red Cross opened an evacuation center at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall at 1745 Mission Dr. in Solvang.
Shelter open for Solvang bomb evacuees: Veterans Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Dr—
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