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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / A news summary

Tests Show Christmas Toys Not Contaminated

November 08, 2000

EL TORO — Tests showed that about 100,000 Christmas toys quarantined inside an El Toro warehouse are not contaminated with radiation or asbestos, the Navy said Tuesday.

The gifts, left over from last year's toy drives by a coalition of community groups, are supposed to be distributed to needy children this holiday season. However, fear of contamination caused the Navy to keep them locked up until tests showed they were safe to distribute.

Although the Navy turned over the El Toro Marine base to the county during the summer, military officials refused access to the warehouse where the toys were stored until testing was complete.

Navy officials said the testing was accelerated so the toys could be distributed for the holidays.

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