Two inert bombs pulled from under La Mesa Home
Resident tells 10News she's know for years
Last Updated: 79 days ago
La Mesa -
Two large inert bombs were pulled out from under a La Mesa home and 10News was there as bomb technicians pulled them out.
It took three sheriff's department bomb technicians to carry away the massive device found underneath the home alone Keeney Street off of El Cajon Boulevard.
The woman who currently lives in the home told 10News that she's known about the inactive bomb for 15 years.
“At first I was scared,” said La Mesa resident Martina Vasquez. “I was told it was just a practice bomb. I'd known someone on the bomb squad and they were going to come and pick it up.”
But that was years ago, and she hadn’t thought about it since.
A 10News viewer who is a former ordinance expert says the larger device is an MK-81, a dud bomb, which was used by pilots for practice.
He says it weighs approximately 250 pounds; but those on the scene said it was more like 500 pounds.
The smaller device removed is an MK-76 and weighs about 25 pounds.
“I saw police standing in the back of the property with my landlord,” Vasquez told 10News. She said she thought “ ‘What the heck is going on here?’ That's when I thought, oh, thank goodness I already knew about the bomb.”
La Mesa police officers were called to the home when a house inspector underneath the home found the devices and called police out of concern for the discovery.
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