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Suspicious package filled with ‘jumping beans’ causes 3-hour bomb scare

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CARLSBAD, Calif. (PIX11) – A U.S. postal worker who reported a suspicious package never would have guessed what was inside.

Police say the unidentified mail carrier was on his usual route Saturday afternoon when he noticed one of his packages was making a “ticking” noise, FOX5 San Diego reported.

The man immediately notified police, who called in for a bomb squad. Several streets and houses on Glen Avenue and Alander Court were evacuated, Lt. Greg Koran told the station.

After three hours, the San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb unit determined the package was safe. Nobody was injured, but what was inside the package ended up being “a little funny” to some.

Officials revealed the feared bomb ended up being Mexican “jumping beans,” which are pods with larva of a small moth inside, the station reported. The pods move when they heat up.

“It was a little funny and made a serious situation humorous,” a neighbor told the station. “But it is sad that police had to waste their time on a toy.”