A suspicious package with a shipping label marked "Lebanon" prompted an investigation by the Merced Police Department's bomb unit.
The police department was called around 6 p.m. Tuesday when a Merced woman found the package at her apartment complex in the 1800 block of Merced Avenue. She described the package as having a chemical or musty smell to it.
An examination of the package showed that it came from Tadd Wholesale Co. in Lebanon, Tenn., not the nation of Lebanon, as the woman thought. It was supposed to have been shipped to a home near Stockton, but was shipped to Merced by mistake, the police department said.
Detective Daniel Dabney put on his bomb suit, and the box was X-rayed to reveal its contents -- a flux wire welder.
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Police officers took the machine and called postal service to pick it up.
-- staff reports