'Cluster bomb' dropped off at Newhall surplus store prompts evacuation

- Some businesses and residents evacuated Wednesday after a suspected explosive device was dropped off at a military surplus store in Newhall, authorities said.
The device was dropped off around 12:30 p.m. at Commando Military Surplus in the 24300 block of Main Street, according to Shirley Miller, public information officer with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
The owner recognized what appeared to be a small cluster bomb and notified authorities, Miller said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Arson and Explosive Detail was deployed to the scene and determined the device was inert.
"Basically cluster bombs ... means a container with smaller munitions that go in it. This one turned out to be empty," said Sgt. Joe Acevedo of the special unit.
Some businesses on Main Street evacuated, along with a few residences, Miller said.
An evacuation order had originally been issued for the nearby Newhall Community Center, but authorities later determined the center was at a safe proximity and evacuation was not necessary, she said.

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