Residents were allowed to return to their homes nearly an hour later.
A portion of Hillcrest was evacuated and cordoned off on Monday while authorities investigated what was originally thought to be a bomb.
It was later determined that the object was not an incendiary device, rather a novelty item made to look like one according to KUSI.
The original discovery was made off the 4000 block of Albatross Street in an alley by a waste management driver.
He called police at about 10 am to report the device which looked like a bundle of dynamite rolled up with tape and an alarm clock.
Law enforcement cleared the area including nearby apartments while the bomb squad inspected the object and determined it was a novelty item said Monica Munoz, a spokesperson for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
People were free to return to the area at about 10:50 am.