Exhausted ‘flash-bang’ device found near Corona brushfire – Press Enterprise

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Bomb Squad investigators found an exhausted “flash-bang” device near a brush fire in Corona on Wednesday afternoon, July 13, authorities said.

The Corona Fire Department responded to a small brushfire at 2:21 p.m. at 20400 South Main St., near the Cleveland National Forest line in the hills, firefighters said. By 3:10 p.m., the fire’s progress was halted, authorities said.

  • Firefighters extinguish hot spots of a brush fire near Main Street Canyon in the hills above Corona on Wednesday afternoon July 13, 2022. The fire was contained to less than an acre and the cause is currently under investigation. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Cal Fire ground crews prepare to work on a brush fire...

    Cal Fire ground crews prepare to work on a brush fire near Main Street Canyon in the hills above Corona on Wednesday afternoon July 13, 2022. The fire was contained to less than an acre and the cause is currently under investigation. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A barrel and other objects sit inside a scotch...

    A barrel and other items lie inside a recorded area during a bushfire near Main Street Canyon in the hills above Corona on Wednesday afternoon July 13, 2022. The fire was contained to less than an acre and the cause is currently under investigation. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

While clearing the scene, firefighters found a device that was initially thought to be a possible hand grenade, Sgt. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Edward Soto.

Investigators determined the device to be a burnout flash-bang device, Soto said. Authorities were working to properly dispose of the device, he said.

Flash-bangs are devices used by the military and law enforcement, sometimes to disperse crowds. They explode with a loud bang and emit a bright light and are used to create diversions to support high-risk entrances to police work, according to the US Department of Justice.

The device was not believed to be related to the fire and the cause of the fire was under investigation, according to Cindy Solis, spokeswoman for the city of Corona.

No injuries were reported to firefighters or residents, Solis said. No evacuations were carried out during the investigation, according to Cpl. Tobias Kouroubacalis, spokesperson for the Corona Police Department.

The final size of the fire was mapped at less than half an acre, Corona fire officials said.

Cal Fire/Riverside County and the US Forest Service also assisted with firefighting, fire officials said. Crews were expected to remain on site until around 6:30 p.m., authorities said.

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