A bomb squad safely disposed of a heavily corroded piece of military ordnance unearthed Thursday at a construction site at UC San Diego.
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Workers found the decomposing old weapon, possibly a hand grenade, shortly before 8:30 a.m. near Thornton Hospital, in an area that used to be part of a Marine Corps base that closed in 1964, according to university officials and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Campus police cordoned off the immediate area while explosives experts examined and removed the ordnance. The city bomb squad members did not consider the object a serious hazard, and they carried it away by hand, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.
Authorities cleared the scene about 11:30 a.m., he said.
The device never posed any threat to patients, employees or facilities at the university or campus hospital, UCSD information officer Kim Edwards said.
"This is a common occurrence, due to the former location of Camp Matthews," she said.
A $269 million medical-research center under construction at the site is scheduled to open in late 2016, Edwards said.
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