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POSTED July 9, 2009 2:29 a.m.
Manteca Police are investigating the explosion of a homemade explosive device on Tuesday at 10:15 p.m., in a Central Manteca neighborhood.

Police responded to the 800 block of Virginia Street after citizens reported a small explosion had taken place.  

Officer Shupperd located some burn marks in the street and remnants nearby of what appeared to be a small homemade device.  

Police Chief David Bricker described it along the lines of what could be considered a large firecracker.  One of the individuals interviewed was City Council Member John Harris who lives in the neighborhood and is a retired peace officer.  He indicated he did hear it and he called the police but had no idea who might have set off the device.  The police officer investigating  incident will be in contact with the San Joaquin Metropolitan Bomb Squad with the evidence located to see if any additional information can be determined from the debris that was collected as evidence.  Manteca has two bomb squad members on that team.

There was no property damage, injuries or witnesses.  Also, at this point there are no suspects, however a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of the individuals responsible.  The reward could be up to $1,000. The caller does not have to give their name.  The Crime Stoppers number is 209-823-4636.
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