Sex toy shuts down courtroom in US, bomb squad called in

A courthouse in the US evacuated its building and alerted authorities after a member of staff discovered a "suspicious" object.

Federal police sealed off the area around the Edward J Schwartz US Courthouse on Friday and called in a bomb squad who arrived suited up in vests and helmets, according to Reuters.

"It was oblong, egg-shaped, you could say, I think aluminum, with a cord coming out of it leading to a small plastic box that contained a battery," explained San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson.

The bomb squad soon determined it was indeed a sex toy (and not a bomb) that had probably been dropped in the area and did not pose a threat.

No one came forward to claim the device Mr Swanson added...

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