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GFD says suspected explosive found at Agat Marina was actually training device

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It was a full on response from federal investigators, the military and local law enforcement and today the Guam Fire Department tells KUAM News a suspicious device found near the Agat Marina was a training device.

Ironically, it was Guam Fire Department personnel who actually spotted the suspicious device and made the report. For four hours beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, roads were blocked off, the marina was evacuated and the Coast Guard prohibited any activity in the water as the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team began the tedious process to remove the suspicious device. The all-clear was given at 12:15 p.m.

The Guam Fire Department late this afternoon said the training device is used by the Guam Fire Department for instructional purposes.

"Unfortunately, it was improperly disposed of by personnel during the cleaning of Rescue Base 2 (Agat)," according to a GFD statement. "After receiving the call, our procedures and protocols for dealing with a live ordnance were initiated, which included the evacuation of the Marina and the activation of emergency response agencies. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to the community and will immediately address the issue internally to ensure accountability for the handling, storage, and disposal of all training aids of the Guam Fire Department. We would also like to commend our local and federal counterparts for the flawless response to this incident. A positive note that came out of this situation was the opportunity for us to work alongside our partners, together as a Unified Command. The GPD, GHS/OCD USCG, FBI, Navy EOD, CGIS, and CST all contributed greatly to the success of of this mission."

KUAM News called the FBI, which is leading this investigation, for comment, but as of newstime there was no response.

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