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By Eric Heinz
A suspected explosive device found Saturday morning caused local authorities to evacuate near the Dije Beach crossings at North Beach (204) in San Clemente, but after examination it was determined to be a homemade cell phone charger.
“We responded at 10:30 a.m. to North Beach. It was PVC pipe with attached end caps and wires protruding from it,” Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jeff Hallock told the San Clemente Times on Sunday. “HDS (Hazardous Device Squad) responded and determined it was not a destructive device. It was a homemade cell phone charger.”
Metrolink service was stopped for about two hours while authorities investigated the scene. No other evacuations other than the beach area were made in response to the suspicious device, Hallock said.