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Bomb Squad Mistakes Jumping Beans For Bombs


Authorities in California did their best to evacuate homes and block off a street for three hours while investigating reports of a suspicious package, allegedly with bombs inside.

What was the contents of the threatening package? Mexican jumping beans.

A U.S. postal worker in the town of Carlsbad alerted authorities about the package on Saturday after he heard a ticking sound, according to Fox 5 San Diego.

Three hours later, San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb And Arson Unit determined the package only contained the jumping beans.

More from UT San Diego:

“The bomb squad got the package out of the truck, put it on an open grassy area and used a robot with a water canon to blast open the package, Koran said. That’s when they discovered that the sounds had been coming from jumping beans, which contain a tiny moth larvae that writhes around when its pod gets warm.”

A neighbor told Fox 5 the situation was humorous.

“It was a little funny and made a serious situation humorous, but it is sad that police had to waste their time on a toy.”

These are the suspicious beans:

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