REDONDO BEACH ( — A military surplus ammunition box was found Tuesday near the shore in Redondo Beach, and a sheriff’s bomb squad used a small detonation charge to render it safe.

The 18-inch-square box was discovered by the Redondo beach Harbor Patrol north of the Topaz Jetty about 10 a.m., according to the Redondo Beach Police Department.

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The military surplus ammunition box was spotted floating in the ocean, about 200 yards of the water line at Ruby Street and the bike path, and had the word “Explosives” marked on it.

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Sgt. Shawn Freeman of the Redondo Beach Police Department said the sheriff’s bomb squad responded and a 360-degree safety radius was established. But the bomb squad could not determine if the box actually had explosives, so a small detonation charge was used to render it safe.

Freeman said the box had foam inserts for ammunition packaging and was otherwise empty It is believed that the box had been in the ocean for about a
month, based on the barnacles growing on its sides.

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