Residents moving into their new home made a surprise discovery in a shed Saturday, authorities said: An apparent bomb.
According to the Ceres Police Department, officers and firefighters were called to the home in the 2300 block of Fifth Street on a report of a suspicious device.
New homeowners found the device in a shed behind the house, authorities said.
“Through investigation, it was determined that it was a possible explosive device,” police said in a news release. “Authorities began making evacuations to nearby residences and part of Fifth Street was closed for safety precautions.”
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Police called out the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad, which “determined that the device had all the components to be a bomb,” police said. “The device looked to have been there for several years.”
Bomb squad members collected the bomb and destroyed it. Fifth Street was reopened at about 7 p.m., and residents allowed back into their homes.