Antioch Code Enforcement Officers discover homemade explosive device on Wednesday

By Sergeant Santiago Castillo, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at approximately 10:45 a.m., Antioch Code Enforcement Officers conducted a property inspection at an 8-unit apartment building in the 200 block of West 3rd Street. During the inspection, they located a suspicious item that appeared to be a homemade explosive device. Antioch police officers arrived on scene and evacuated the complex and surrounding homes. All traffic along W 2nd St. was also blocked off as a safety precaution.

The Walnut Creek Bomb Squad was called to the scene and was able to render the device inoperable. Per the bomb squad, the device was capable of being detonated.

The Antioch Police Department is handling the investigation. At this time, we have no leads as to a motive or who may be responsible for creating/placing the device.

Anyone with information that would be helpful in this case is encouraged to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at 925-778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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