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Bomb squad called for potential hazard in car; video said to show beach detonation

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A beach block in Ocean City was taped off as authorities investigated a potential hazard in a vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say the received information about some type of firework or smoke device in a car located near 36th Street and Central Avenue in Ocean City.  They say the owner of the vehicle is cooperating with them.  The Atlantic City Bomb Squad was called to the scene to make sure the device is properly handled.  Authorities say they want to take extra precautions due to the amount of people in the area this time of year.

As of 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, a sergeant with the Ocean City Police Department says there is no threat to the public, and that police are continuing their investigation into the situation.

Dave Bickell, a resident in the area, sent cell phone video of what he says is the device being detonated on the 36th street beach.  Emergency vehicles can be seen in the distance, and "fire in the hole" is yelled just before a blast of sand is seen coming from the beach.

Authorities have not released any additional information at this time, we will have an update as soon as information is available to us.

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