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Suspicious Device Found In Park

Castillo De San Marcos National Monument

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On the afternoon of August 15th, a Florida Department of Transportation employee stopped at a street inside the park boundary to replace a manhole cover that was out of place. While working on the cover, he noticed a suspicious device taped to the traffic light pole with a wire running from a switch on it to the crosswalk button. He removed the device and took it to a St. Johns County fire and rescue station. The county bomb squad was called in and determined that it resembled a homemade explosive device. It was taken to a safe location, examined, and found to be a hoax, with no dangerous or hazardous materials within. The device itself was comprised of a styrofoam model airplane and two PVC tubes and wires, with a lead wire inserted into the housing of the crosswalk button. The area around the light pole was searched by St. Augustine PD officers and park staff, but no other suspicious packages were found. There are no suspects at present.



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