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El Cajon Mall Evacuated After Explosion

From Times Wire Services

The Parkway Plaza shopping center in El Cajon was evacuated Monday evening after an explosive device went off outside it, police said.

A Sheriff’s Department bomb squad arrived after the 7 p.m. incident with two bomb-sniffing dogs to search for any other explosives that might have been placed there, Officer Steve Shakowski said.

“We had a destructive device that detonated on north side of Parkway Plaza,” he said. “As far as I know of, there were no injuries. We’ve secured the (shopping center) perimeter . . . and evacuated the entire mall.”

Shakowski was uncertain how many people had to be evacuated. Authorities were attempting to determine the size and type of explosive device.

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