REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two Marines are in trouble after authorities say they took military training simulator explosives to a Southern California shopping mall, prompting an evacuation and a bomb squad rollout.
Redondo Beach police evacuated three stores Thursday night at the South Bay Galleria.
Police say Marine Corps officials called police at around 8 p.m. to report that two active-duty Marines were driving a pickup truck and had explosives. Police say they found the Marines at the mall and they acknowledged having the explosives.
A Los Angeles County sheriff's officials found 10 artillery simulator training devices, which are similar to police "flash-bang" grenades.
The Marines are from the Twentynine Palms base about 180 miles away. They were taken into custody by Navy investigators.
It's unclear why they were carrying the explosives.