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Fire chief says suspicious device was a prop from Christmas party

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The new fire chief of the Guam Fire Department has spoken out about the apparent mishap that unfolded at the Agat Marina earlier this week. And GFD's Daniel Stone is sorry about it.

"It's not something I am happy about, but I don't think anyone meant anything by it other than they were trying to clean out the Agat rescue base," he said. "We are very apologetic for the situation that happened in Agat. I apologize for any inconvenience the community experienced but I am committed to getting to the bottom of it and making sure we have the appropriate policies and procedures in place."

A suspicious item, believed to be an explosive of sorts, instead turned out to be a training device. The incident caused quite the panic for several hours in Agat on Tuesday. It led to a massive response from local, federal and military first responders.

Chief Stone says here's what they know, so far – "Based on some of the preliminary reports this is one of our training devices that was used for a previous training that wound-up being utilized as a prop in a gag skit during a private Christmas party. Unfortunately, the device was not returned and was not disposed of properly."

Sen. Clynt Ridgell, Emergency Response Oversight Chairman responded to the incident.

 "It's really an unfortunate event," he said. "That's an unnecessary waste of taxpayers' dollars, responding to a fake incident, so we got to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. They need to get down to the root cause and figure out how did this training device end up there and hold their people accountable for it."

The senator plans to discuss the issue with the fire chief, as well.

For now, Chief Stone wants the community to know he is working to ensure something like this doesn't occur again.

"As far as an investigation is concerned, that is not our jurisdiction," Stone said. "The Guam Police Department is taking the lead and will conduct any inquiries that they may deem necessary."

The total cost for emergency responders called to the Agat incident is still being assessed. Stone, however, thanks local and federal partners for assisting.

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