Authorities used a robot to detonate what turned out to be a tightly rolled newspaper outside a Chico welding company Friday morning.
The newspaper was surrounded by a mass of rubber bands and had what police described as a “weird” love letter attached to it.
A sheriff’s deputy carried the device to a nearby yard. Police examined the newspaper with an X-ray and thought they saw wires inside. Butte County Interagency Bomb Squad used its robot to destroy the device with a blast of high-pressure water?but there turned out to be nothing inside but newspaper.