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I-5 shut down both directions while bomb squad disables grenade

SAN CLEMENTE - The San Diego (5) Freeway in San Clemente was shut down in both directions for about two hours today while a bomb squad worked to disable a grenade spotted straddling southbound traffic lanes.

The Orange County sheriff's bomb squad and Camp Pendleton Marines were sent to the scene after the device was found about 11:15 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Barnard, who said it was unclear whether it was live or inert.

Officials closed the freeway in both directions about 11:30 a.m. and diverted traffic off the highway at Avenida Vista Hermosa, Barnard said. The freeway was reopened about 1:45 p.m. in both directions, he said.

Traffic was backed up for five to six miles in both directions until the bomb squad managed to get one of its robots to push the grenade over to the shoulder and detonate it under cover, Barnard said. It wasn't immediately clear whether the grenade exploded or not, he added.


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