Evacuations lifted for San Marcos neighborhood after suspicious items found in home

Items turned out to be practice and smoke grenades

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Residents in a San Marcos neighborhood were allowed to return home Sunday evening after potentially hazardous items were found inside a nearby house.

Just before 5 p.m., deputies responded to the 1200 block of Avenida Fragata in San Marcos on the report of a distraught man, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

During their investigation, they learned of a domestic violence crime and arrested 53-year-old Christopher Carlson. Deputies also observed potentially hazardous items and due to the suspiciousness of the items, deputies requested for the assistance of sheriff's department Bomb Arson Unit.

Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes as a precautionary measure, pending the unit's response.

The Bomb Arson Unit investigated the suspicious items, which were determined to be practice and smoke grenades.

Once the unit cleared the items, residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff's department.

Anyone with information about this case can call the sheriff's department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.

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