Bomb squad called to Modesto home near downtown

Authorities removed what appeared to be a pipe bomb from the front porch of a central Modesto home this morning.

Modesto police and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department bomb squad responded at 7:09 a.m. to the report of a possible bomb at a residence on the 100 block of Almond Avenue, at Johnson Street.

According to neighbors, the bomb squad removed a piece of pipe about 20 inches long that was capped at both ends, with a long fuse-like cord coming from one end. They found the device near the front door. Bomb squad officers then took it away to be destroyed.

Police asked anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail tips via, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.