Deputies: Box of sausages, disgruntled note left outside of Navy Recruiting office in Lemon Grove

Strip mall on 6900 block of Federal Blvd

SAN DIEGO - Authorities say a suspicious package left outside of the U.S. Navy recruiting office in Lemon Grove Wednesday turned out to be a box of sausages addressed to the military.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said the package was found at about 8 a.m. in a strip mall on the 6900 block of Federal Boulevard.

A hazmat team and the sheriff's department Bomb/Arson Unit were called to the scene to investigate the package after a letter attached to the box concerned some employees.

"It's really scary, actually. I don't know what's going on," said Michael Attisha, manager of nearby Boll Weevil restaurant.

The box was considered suspicious because the recruiting office doesn't usually get deliveries that early.

"It was labeled 'to the military,'" said John Rutledge, a detective with the Bomb/Arson Unit.

Rutledge wouldn't say what the letter said. He called the box a "hoax device," and he said it wasn't a bomb but it was certainly left there on purpose.

"[It was] real enough that we sent a man down in a bomb suit to deal with it," said Rutledge.

10News learned the box contained soy chorizo sausages and a few cups of salt. The contents were taken away for further examination.

Rutledge said the sheriff's department is taking the threat seriously.

Federal Boulevard was closed to traffic at College Avenue, but has since reopened.

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