Lompoc city streets were reopened and residents were allowed to return to their homes after investigators determined a suspicious device left at someone’s doorstep was actually a training apparatus used to assist fast pitch softball pitchers develop their pitching skills.
The item was mistakenly left at the wrong address by a local softball coach.
It began when a resident returned home and saw the device, which resembled a possible pipe bomb, at their doorstep, police say.
Eventually, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called in to assist with the investigation. A robot was deployed to inspect the device.
Several surrounding residents were evacuated and others were asked to shelter in place. A reverse 911 was sent out to residents.
City streets were closed at Oak and M Street, Oak and O Street, and North and O Street during the incident as a safety precaution.
Lompoc police investigated a suspicious device found in the 900 block of North Oleander Monday night.
City streets were temporarily closed at Oak and M Street, Oak and O Street, and North and O Street.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department responded with a robot and there were several evacuations in the nearby area, according to reports.
Residents in the area were asked to shelter in place.
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