Police

Shattuck re-opened after suspicious package scare

Authorities used a bomb-detecting robot to determine whether a suspicious item on Telegraph Avenue was safe on Monday afternoon. Photo: Ted Friedman

Authorities used a bomb-detecting robot to determine whether a suspicious item on Telegraph Avenue was safe on Monday. Photo: Ted Friedman

Update, 7 p.m. As per a notice released by the Berkeley Police Department at 4:11 p.m., “The Bomb Squad examined the package, rendering it safe and determined it to be harmless.  The investigation into this matter is ongoing.”

At approximately 3:55 p.m., Shattuck Avenue was opened to all traffic and pedestrians.

Just before 4 p.m., the University of California Police Department alerted campus to evacuate Sproul Hall, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union and the lower Sproul construction site, according to a notice posted on the department’s Twitter feed. The UCPD bomb squad responded.

UC police advised people to avoid the area, but ultimately determined that the item was empty, and declared the area to be safe, as of 4:20 p.m.

According to Berkeley Patch, the Shattuck Avenue package was determined via x-ray to contain coffee, which had been delivered to La Note restaurant, at 2377 Shattuck Ave.

Police have shut down part of Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley during an investigation of a suspicious package. Photo: Siciliana Trevino

Police have shut down part of Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley during an investigation of a suspicious package. Photo: Siciliana Trevino

Original post, 3 p.m. Shattuck Avenue is closed in both directions from Durant Avenue to Bancroft Way while the Berkeley Police bomb squad investigates a suspicious package.

The package was discovered near the UC Berkeley campus Monday at 11:55 a.m., said Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats.

The department’s bomb squad is on the scene, as of 2:50 p.m., investigating the item.

Police do not have an estimate at this time for when they will re-open the road, said Coats.

The package was delivered to a business, which contacted Berkeley Police.

“Officers responded and felt it was suspicious enough to contact the BPD Bomb Squad,” said Coats via email.

Police evacuated some businesses on the east side of Shattuck Avenue during the investigation, and have asked others to shelter in place.

Pegasus Books is closed and a U.S. Postal Service inspector was at the scene, reported Berkeleyside staffer Frances Dinkelspiel.

Traffic in the area was bumper to bumper, with southbound traffic on Shattuck being diverted onto Bancroft.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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  • susankl

    Took the bus from Shattuck & University northwards at about 3:00. No zilch zero indication of traffic problems.

  • Tizzielish

    well, there wouldn’t be an issue. I am sure they are routing buses around Shattuck and keeping them going north once they pass the blocked off blocks.

    The street was blocked SOUTH of Bancroft to Durant, right?

  • gigglingone

    From twitter —-

    @UCPD_Cal
    UCPD advises to evacuate Sproul Hall, MLK Student Union, and the Lower Sproul Construction Site.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Well no kidding. That’s because nobody can get thru northbound on Shattuck above Channing. The whole thing looks like a big cop circle jerk to me. At 2:35 they let me walk right past here as the bomb squad guys were packing up their donuts and getting their toys out. At 3:05 on my way back it was closed for my protection. My eyes are rolling.

  • dg
  • Tizzielish
  • Tizzielish

    I agree it seems like a circle jerk but buses would have been rerouted and susanki must have arrived at a bus stop heading north and boarding north of university when a bus came along. She didn’t see the police action and was not affected by it so her comment sounded very dismissive. It was a major pain for anyone who had to traverse the blocked street, not to mention the businesses on those streets.

  • believe55

    Ebvv

  • emraguso

    What does that mean?

  • Tim C.

    BPD are really better cops than people give them credit for….this town is impossible to keep track of, with entitled drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and the assorted criminals hitting the streets all at once. I’ve lived here my whole life, I know a lot of them and I trust them to do the right thing.

  • Bill N

    Thanks Tim. Though you might have said “OVER entitled drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists.”