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Bomb squad investigates suspicious object in Modesto

A bomb squad was called out to an area north of Riverside Park in Modesto on Thursday afternoon after a resident alerted police to an object that looked like some sort of bomb, authorities said.

However, the bomb squad with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department detonated the object and determined it was not an explosive device, according to Sgt. Rick Armendariz, a Modesto police spokesman.

Police were called to the scene at Riverside Drive about 2:30 p.m. Armendariz said the object looked like a plastic water bottle with duct tape on it.

There also was something that looked like a wire protruding from the bottle. It was difficult to tell if it was garbage or something that was made to look like a bomb, he said. There was no explosive device with it or any gunpowder, he said.

Police closed Riverside Drive at Encina Avenue. The object was just north of Edgebrook Drive.

Officers instructed residents to stay inside, and the tee box on the sixth hole at Creekside Golf Course was closed, according to police.

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