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Bomb Threat At Emeryville Building Housing UC Berkeley Lab Prompts Evacuations

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Police block the 5800 block of Emeryville because of a bomb threat, February 6, 2013. (CBS)

Police block the 5800 block of Emeryville because of a bomb threat, February 6, 2013. (CBS)

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EMERYVILLE (CBS SF) – Two buildings have been evacuated Wednesday morning as police and fire crews investigate a bomb threat to a University of California at Berkeley-affiliated office in Emeryville.

The bomb threat to office space rented by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the EmeryStation East building at 5885 Hollis St. was reported around 7 a.m., UC Berkeley police Lt. Eric Tejada said.

As of 9:45 a.m., a second office building located across the street from EmeryStation East in the 5800 block of Hollis Street had also been evacuated as a precaution.

The two floors that house the lab facility had not opened for the day when the threat was received and are remaining closed during the investigation. Occupants of other parts of the building also chose to leave as a precaution, Tejada said.

Bomb-sniffing K-9s from the UC Berkeley Police Department, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were also there to inspect the building.

(Copyright 2013 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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