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Suspicious device prompts evacuations in Oakland

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Alameda County bomb squad detonated a suspicious device found at the Salvation Army at 7th and Franklin in Oakland Thursday morning.

Around 9 a.m., an employee at the loading dock of a Salvation Army found a "large thermos" with wires, duct tape, and a cell phone attached to the outside. It was found in an area where people don't usually drop off donations, prompting a call to police who said it looked like a possible explosive device.

Oakland police blocked off streets in the area bounded by Broadway, Webster, 6th, and 8th Streets and ordered people in the area to evacuate or shelter in place.

The Alameda County bomb squad responded to the scene and detonated the device around 11:30 a.m.

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