Police evacuated homes near Cerritos Avenue and South Street Thursday afternoon  after a resident found a potentially live World War II-era rocket round in his garage.

The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department bomb squad responded to the scene and discovered the rocket was an inert practice round, but not before a few tense moments for Christina Gill and her family.

A potentially live World War II-era rocket round the Gill family found in their garage. Photo courtesy of the Gill family.

Gill said the rocket had been in their garage for years; one of the family members collects World War II memorabilia and he thought it was a dummy round.

But today, one of them picked it up and felt something move inside. They decided to call police to have it disposed of.

“I put that thing outside so quickly,” one of the family members said.

The family placed the rusted rocket round on the front lawn while they called the authorities, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jack Crabtree said.

The bomb squad X-rayed the rocket, discovered it was inert and collected it, according to sheriff’s department. 

The evacuation in the neighborhood was lifted around 2:45.

Suspicious Device: Area of 5900 Cerritos Ave | LBPD, LBFD are on scene of a home with a suspicious device inside. LASD Bomb Squad en route. Homes being Evacuated. Avoid the area if Possible

Posted by Streaming 562 on Thursday, October 18, 2018

Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor of the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @jeremiahdobruck on Twitter.

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