Some details are now being released about the discovery of an old artillery shell in some garbage in an alley behind some Solvang businesses, which prompted the precautionary evacuation of thousands of people.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Bomb squad, and a special ordnance team from Vandenberg Air Force base were called out after the 105 millimeter shell was discovered around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.
It was in a pile of trash behind some businesses.
The evacuation of hundreds of homes, businesses, and motels in the downtown area started around 5 p.m..
While the ordnance appeared to be old, the fusing system on the 18 inch long shell was intact, creating the potential for a large explosion.
Also, because of its age, the shell was considered to be unstable.
The device was removed, and disposed of around midnight, and residents were allowed to return to the area.
The Sheriff’s Department is still investigating how the shell ended up in the alley.