Cops remove possible bomb from Modesto house

Authorities removed what appeared to be a pipe bomb from a central Modesto home Wednesday 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 home in the 100 block of Almond Avenue.

According to neighbors, the bomb squad removed a piece of pipe about 20 inches long that was capped at both ends with a long fuselike cord coming from one end. They found the device just inside the front door. Bomb squad officers 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 at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" and a message. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.