Suspicious device had gunpowder, firecrackers inside, police say

dsneed@thetribunenews.comSeptember 16, 2013 

A member of the San Luis Obispo County Bomb Task Force puts away “Andros,” the task force’s robot, after it retrieved a suspicious device found outside a building in downtown San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

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A suspicious device discovered Wednesday in downtown San Luis Obispo contained a substance believed to be gunpowder and 14 firecrackers, according to authorities.

The device was dismantled by the San Luis Obispo County Bomb Task Force over the weekend. All of the items were turned over to San Luis Obispo police for analysis and processing as evidence, the San Luis Obispo Police Department said in a news release.

Because the investigation is ongoing, the department will not release a photograph or a complete description of the device. But witnesses on Wednesday described the device as a metal water bottle about 16 ounces in size with a 12-inch wire sticking out of it.

The device was found at 10 a.m., Sept. 11 near the entrance to Obispo Wealth Management on the 1300 block of Chorro Street. The bomb squad used a robot to assess and remove the device.

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