Hemet investigators believe a suspicious device found as firefighters fought a blaze at a downtown business was a nine-pound inert training rocket that was pointed at a nearby police station and could have caused damage or harmed someone, said Lt. Duane Wisehart in a news release.
The fire was reported June 3 at the Los Altos Market on North Carmalita Street, a short distance from Hemet police headquarters.
After the blaze was extinguished, firefighters told police they had found a suspicion device on the roof of the market while trying to determine the cause. The item turned out to be a vintage military rocket, Wisehart said. Police responded along with members of the Riverside County Sheriff