RICHMOND -- Members of a police department bomb squad safely detonated a possible explosive device at the house of a Richmond man arrested early today in connection with threats against the city's Muslims.
According to a police statement Sunday evening, officers received a tip last Thursday about a man who had said he wanted to harm local Muslim community members. Following up, homicide detectives learned the man might have made an explosive device at his home in the 5100 block of Mcbryde Avenue.
Detectives found and arrested the man early Sunday without incident, police said. Officers evacuated residents near the man's home around 2 p.m. The Richmond police SWAT team, joined by detectives, served a search warrant at the man's house and found a possible explosive device, police said.
The Walnut Creek police bomb squad detonated the object at 6:05 p.m., and investigators found no other devices on scene, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said Sunday evening.
Tan said residents have been told it is safe to return home, and that police have secured the scene.
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