Bomb squad tackles suspicious package at fire station

Berkeley Fire Station 5: a bomb squad was called out Sunday to investigate a suspicious package found there at around 2:46pm

A bomb squad removed devices contained in a suspicious package that was left at Berkeley’s Fire Station 5 at 2680 Shattuck Avenue this afternoon. The section of Shattuck between Carleton and Ward streets was closed to traffic for approximately three hours Sunday as a precautionary measure, authorities said.

The Berkeley Police received a call reporting a suspicious package at 2:46pm Sunday, according to BPD Lt. Kevin Schofield. An Explosive Device Disposal team was called in and identified items of concern, he said. “The bomb technicians destroyed devices found in the package and there is now an investigation.”

Lt. Schofield could not say what the package contained nor whether the devices in question were explosives.

In July, packages containing powder that was initially feared to be anthrax were sent to several Bay Area police stations, including Berkeley.


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