A zip gun was found by a citizen at Columbia Park on Tuesday at around noon and detonated by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad. A “zip gun” is a homemade gun that is loaded to shoot off a single shot.
The man picked up the suspicious looking device and carried it across Main Street to West Avenue North and West Olive. He said that he wanted to move it from where kids could be, was going to take it to a friends house, and then call 911. Before he could make it to the house the man saw a Turlock Neighborhood Services Officer and informed them about the device. The officer gave the man instructions to put the device on the ground.
Turlock Police evacuated some houses near the device and blocked off the streets.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad was called out and detonated the explosive device by 12:30pm.
The homemade zip gun was made from a steel pipe about the size of a pistol, capped on one side, with a spark plug, wires, and loaded with a shotgun shell. These guns can be made from different materials and into varying sizes resembling anything from a pen to a pipe bomb.
If any suspicious looking device is found, do not touch it and call 911 immediately.