Bomb squads determined Friday the majority of military-style explosives found in a Stockton house were replicas after officials evacuated residents from about 20 nearby homes to investigate.
Police in San Joaquin County made the discovery Thursday morning when they arrived at a home on the north end of the city to investigate the death of a 70-year-old man believed to have died of natural causes, Stockton police said.
The officers found “hundreds” of suspicious devices, said Officer Joe Silva, a department spokesman. Officers called the local bomb squad which determined the devices were military grade, and also called a bomb squad from Travis Air Force Base.
“Obviously, safety is a number one concern,” Silva said.
Technicians from the Air Force base removed military fuses and other items from the house, and they determined the other devices were replicas. Officials said the 70-year-old who died did not have a military background and apparently collected military paraphernalia.
Silva said 20 homes were evacuated but did not know how many residents were affected. The Red Cross established an evacuation center to help residents.
Alejandro Serrano is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @serrano_alej