Military Facility Investigation Turns Up Sesame Oil

Police and fire crews were called to the San Diego Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) Friday to investigate a suspicious package discovered in the mail room that turned out to be sesame oil, officials said.

By 10:10 a.m., bomb squad officials were preparing to enter the mail room and inspect the package at the facility located at 4181 Ruffin Rd. in Kearny Mesa, about 10 miles from downtown San Diego.

No evacuations had been ordered, officials said.

By 12:20 p.m., officials confirmed the suspicious item was sesame oil, and there was no danger. Investigators began clearing the scene.

The San Diego MEPS facility processes individuals for enlistment or induction into the armed services and determines an applicant qualifies for enlistment based on aptitude, physical qualifications and a background evaluation screening.

The Department of Defense commissioned the San Diego MEPS facility as its own separate command on Oct. 1, 1979. The facility has been housed in different locations over the decades, including downtown San Diego, until it moved to its current location on Ruffin Road in August 1997.

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