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Bomb Squad Responds After Package With ‘Poison' Label Left at North Park Fire Station

The package was wrapped in duct tape with the words 'caution, dangerous' written on it

A cardboard box wrapped in duct tape and amateurishly labeled "poison" prompted a bomb squad response at a North Park fire station, though the package turned out to be harmless. 

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department noted they have seen an increase in these prank packages, like the one left by the front door of their Station 14 on 32nd Street on Sunday.

Its discovery at around 3:30 p.m. prompted a full response from the fire department's hazardous materials unit and the bomb squad, SDFD said.

Fire officials noted the box had "caution," "dangerous" and the names of chemicals written on but they were spelled wrong.

The bomb squad x-rayed the box and inside discovered aluminum flux and some trash, according to SDFD. The package was deemed safe and the scene was cleared. 

During the investigation, which took about two hours, police rerouted traffic around the fire station.

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