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Discovery of old military device prompted Land Park evacuation

Residents in part of the Land Park area were briefly evacuated Tuesday while police determined whether an old artillery shell found in a neighborhood garage was functional.

Homes in the 3800 block of 12th Street in the area of Cavanaugh Way and Bartley Drive were evacuated late Tuesday afternoon after a family member found the device while cleaning a relative’s residence, according to Sacramento Police Department Twitter post. Neighbors said a 98-year-old woman lived in the house and was recently moved to a nursing home.

Police said the nearby area was evacuated as a precaution.

Police announced about 7:20 p.m. that the streets had reopened. The device didn’t work.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy