It all began shortly after noon, when two Anaheim police volunteers were flagged down in the Auto Club office parking lot at 420 North Euclid St., at Anaheim Plaza. (I was inside the driving school classroom preparing paperwork for an upcoming new instructor class)
Witnesses told the police volunteers that they saw a blue sedan with two men pull into the southwest portion of the parking lot. They said that one man got out of the vehicle, took a small container out of a canister and placed it inside a light pole, Martinez said. The light pole has a small hatch at the base, which the man opened, he said.
About a dozen fire trucks (more like 15 or 20!) from Anaheim and Fullerton were sent to the area. A hazmat team and the Orange County bomb squad were called to analyze the container, Martinez said. (and a _ _ _ _ load of police!)
At around 5 p.m., the bomb squad opened the package and found the note, (I didn't hear what the note read) Martinez said.
"It's fortunate that it turned out to be harmless," Martinez said. "It's unfortunate that so many resources were expended for five hours to determine that this was harmless." (I didn't have a very productive day today)
Martinez cautioned geocaching players that their actions could be interpreted by passersby "as somebody trying to cause harm."
He encouraged people who witness suspicious activity to notify the police. "You never know," he said. "The one time somebody does not report something that was suspicious may be the one time that they should have reported it."
It doesn't appear that any laws were broken by the men who put the container inside the light pole, Martinez said. (Really????)
The Auto Club offices, Party City and Bank of America were evacuated.
I'm back at home safe and sound this evening *smiles*