Hundreds of homes and businesses in the Central California town of Solvang have been evacuated following discovery of a potentially explosive device.

The Santa Maria Times says the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department began evacuating between 500 and 700 homes and businesses Wednesday following the afternoon discovery of some kind of military ordnance on Copenhagen Drive.

The evacuations cover anyone within a 1,500-foot radius of the device.

Officials didn't further elaborate on the type of device.

The Sheriff's Department bomb squad and a bomb disposal team from Vandenberg Air Force Base are on the scene Wednesday night.

The tiny town 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles is a tourist stop known for its Danish-themed shops and buildings.