Suspicious suitcase found near El Cajon brush fire scene ruled harmless

EL CAJON, Calif. - A suitcase found in El Cajon near an area where a brush fire broke out Tuesday afternoon was determined to be harmless.

The suitcase was discovered on Olde Highway 80 at about 4:30 p.m., and authorities initially said it was not known if it was related to the fire, which erupted at about 2:30 p.m. near Aurora Drive.

The fire, which charred more than 15 acres, came dangerously close to several homes, prompting authorities to evacuate some residents.

After an inspection by bomb experts, the suitcase was opened and experts found that it contained tools and nothing else harmful.

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