North Berkeley BART station closed due to grenade scare

BART closure. Photo Josh Schoolfiled
North Berkeley BART station was briefly closed on Aug. 20, 2015. Photo: Josh Schoolfield

The North Berkeley BART station was closed briefly Thursday evening after someone reported seeing what appeared to be a live grenade in the station’s satellite parking lot on Franklin Street.

According to BART Police, a responding officer checked the device and determined it appeared to be a live explosive.

With the assistance of the Berkeley Police local residents were evacuated from the immediate neighborhood at around 6:50 p.m., and a safety perimeter was established.

The station was closed as a precaution, and the UC Berkeley police bomb squad was called in. Members of the bomb squad inspected the device and determined it was a toy grenade.


The station was reopened at around 7:15 p.m. and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Train service was minimally impacted as a result of the incident.

Get the latest Berkeley news in your inbox with Berkeleyside’s free Daily Briefing. And make sure to bookmark Berkeleyside’s pages on Facebook and Twitter. You don’t need an account on those sites to view important information.