The discovery of what appeared to be a bomb yesterday in a Chickahominy Haven backyard shed caused a ruckus that fizzled when the device turned out to be a prop.
James City Police were called to a residence on North Riverside Drive in the upper part of the county around 5 p.m. Monday, after a resident discovered what seemed to be an explosive device: two CO2-type cannisters attached with colored wires to a miniature circuit board.
Police summoned the James City County Fire Marshal’s Office and evacuated nearby residences within 300 feet of the home “as a safety precaution,” a press release said, as fire and EMS units stood by on the scene.
Based on the appearance of the device, the Fire Marshals requested the assistance of the Virginia State Police Bomb Squad. The VSP bomb technicians, utilizing their robot, were able to render the “device” safe. In doing that, state police determined the device was inactive and just a prop.
James City Fire Dept. spokesman Bob Ryalls said the device apparently had been a prop for a project, and the person who found it had been unaware of the project and prop.
All displaced residents returned to their homes and all units were off the scene by 11 p.m.