11/03/2014 01:40 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Bomb Squad Takes 3 Hours To Determine Package Is Just Mexican Jumping Beans

Authorities in California evacuated homes and blocked off a street for three hours while investigating reports of a suspicious package.

The contents of the threatening package? Mexican jumping beans.

A U.S. postal worker in the town of Carlsbad alerted authorities to the package on Saturday after hearing a ticking sound, according to Fox 5 San Diego.

Three hours later, San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb And Arson Unit determined the package contained the jumping beans.

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The bomb squad got the package out of the truck, put it on an open grassy area and used a robot with a water canon to blast open the package, Koran said. That's when they discovered that the sounds had been coming from jumping beans, which contain a tiny moth larvae that writhes around when its pod gets warm.

“It was a little funny and made a serious situation humorous, but it is sad that police had to waste their time on a toy,” a neighbor told Fox 5.

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