1:34 p.m. "All clear given for Sproul Plaza and MLK/Student Union. Evacuation order lifted. Area can be re-entered."
Berkeley authorities were on alert Wednesday afternoon after a suspicious package appeared at the Public Safety Building, which houses the police and fire departments, authorities said.
Update, July 29, 12 p.m. One local resident said she spotted this box July 19, prior to the police incident: “That was in a neighboring yard full of freebies on Sunday. My husband found a romulan warbird model next to it.…We thought the box was a bad art project.”
Authorities shut down roads and evacuated some residents in the area of the 100 block of Tunnel Road on Wednesday afternoon after a report of a suspicious package.
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.”
Update, June 5, 9 p.m.: Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats told the Daily Cal that the device turned out to be “some kind of prop used for a fraternity’s costume party.” The device was spotted by a passer-by in a parking lot next to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and an apartment complex.
Update: Oct. 31, 11 p.m. UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor John Wilton said Wednesday, in a memo, that university police “completed searches of the main and Clark Kerr campuses, as well as UC properties adjacent to the campus, and have recommended that all campus operations return to normal status.”
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.
Police blocked several streets and prevented people getting into their homes Wednesday night on the north side of the UC Berkeley campus after a man reported hearing a ticking in his van and said he was concerned about a possible bomb.
Berkeley police have determined that the suspicious package found at Cragmont Elementary School was not a bomb; it was a lunchbox. But it did have wires coming out of it, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.
The Berkeley bomb squad is on its way to Cragmont Elementary School to investigate a suspicious package.