OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Police blocked off several streets in downtown Oakland for about four hours on Thursday after a suspicious device was found at a Salvation Army facility.

The device found near 7th and Franklin streets appeared to have been a bomb hoax, police said.

The Salvation Army building on Webster Street at 7th was evacuated after the device was found nearby around 9:30 a.m, said Officer Johnna Watson, spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department.

Watson said the device found inside “some type of cooler” in a loading dock area had components that included wires, duct tape and foam.

“That obviously causes concern for us,” Watson said.

Several other buildings in the area were subsequently evacuated as a precaution.

Police also blocked access to Broadway, Webster, 6th, 7th and 8th street so the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad could investigate the device.

Police detonated the device at 11:30 a.m. and determined that was not a real bomb. Authorities started to allow workers back into the evacuated buildings around 12 p.m.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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