(UPDATE) 12:54 p.m.- The suspicious object has been destroyed by the Butte County bomb squad. The object was believed to be a pipe but no explosive components were found within it. No one was hurt during today's incident. The few residents that were asked to leave their homes were allowed to return shortly after the object was detonated.
The apartments at 1080 E. Lassen Avenue in Chico have been evacuated after a suspicious object was found near the apartments this morning. A landscaper who found the object and called law enforcement stated the object appeared to be a pipe bomb. We will have more on this story online this afternoon.