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Representative Darrell Issa’s office is reporting that it received a call threatening that “something had been left outside that would explode,” according to the Riverside area Press Enterprise. The alleged bomb threat came after a protest outside the congressman’s office organized by the left-leaning MoveOn.org organization and a counter-protest attended by members of the conservative Tea Party and Minutemen groups.

About 30 people were evacuated from the office after a staffer called reporting a suspicious object outside the front doors. Sherriff’s deputies including their Bomb/Arson unit, along with County Hazardous Materials staff, San Diego Harbor Police officers, and explosives technicians from the FBI all participated in an investigation.

The suspicious object, 10 News reports, turned out to be a plastic bottle filled with liquid, possibly urine. After determining that there was no threat, employees were allowed back into the building.

“I don't know much more than, yes, it was it was an actual threat but not an actual bomb,” Issa told reporters in Washington on Friday morning. “This is sort of part of what happens when you get angry people who think they belong to something, in all likelihood.”

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Visduh Dec. 2, 2011 @ 2:28 p.m.

What that managed to accomplish was to have plenty of police and fire personnel diverted for about two hours, and block off a street used by local residents. It inconvenienced a lot of folks, but not Issa, who wasn't even in Vista yesterday.

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Dave Rice Dec. 2, 2011 @ 4:18 p.m.

While true, it should be noted that neither the left-wing nor right-wing elements present yesterday took responsibility for placing the bottle, and the Sheriff's Department didn't point to either group as a potential culprit.

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