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.”
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.