Unattended Bucket Shuts Down Street in Coronado

A portion of Orange Avenue was shut down for about an hour while officers investigated a suspicious bucket left near a bench at a bus stop

The main street that runs through Coronado Island was partly shut down Tuesday morning while police officers investigated a suspicious, 5-gallon bucket left unattended at a bus stop, city officials said.

Police activity began around 10 a.m. at Orange Avenue and Seventh Street, the City of Coronado confirmed. One northbound lane in the 600 block of Orange Avenue was blocked off to traffic while police investigated a large gallon left behind near a bench at a bus stop.

The gallon had a lid on it.

Officers with the Coronado Police Department were called to investigate the bucket for possible hazardous material. As a precaution, bomb squad officials and HazMat crews were called out to the scene as well.

Orange cones were placed in the area and officers cordoned off a portion of the street near the device with yellow police tape.

About an hour later, the City of Coronado said Orange Avenue was shut down in both directions due to the heavy police activity. Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

Just after 11:15 a.m., the City of Coronado said Orange Avenue had been re-opened in both directions, as the area was deemed safe.

Officials said the bucket turned out to be empty.

No further details were immediately released. No injuries were reported.

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