The report of a suspicious device shut down a street in Rancho Penasquitos for more than an hour Thursday morning as law enforcement officials investigated.
San Diego police arrived in the 9800-block of Paseo Montril after someone called about a suspicious package found under a vehicle.
Officers shut down eastbound traffic on Cijon Street. No one has been evacuated.
A resident leaving for work noticed a briefcase stashed under the tire of her van.
Apparently a neighbor may have driven away with the briefcase on the roof of the car and a passerby may have tucked it beneath the van to keep it safe officials said.
A bomb squad captain said there is a difference between a suspicious device and a misplaced device but in this case, the homeowner did the right thing and called in the authorities.
No one was injured and the street was reopened to traffic before 10 a.m.