Police were notified just before noon of a suspicious package that arrived in the mail at La Note restaurant at 2377 Shattuck Ave., said Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver. The business was not expecting the package, said Police Officer Jennifer Coats.
Police issued a shelter in place warning over a loudspeaker, and at about 12:05 p.m. sealed off two blocks of Shattuck between Bancroft and Channing, and a block and a half of Durant Avenue, Rateaver said.
- See related story: 2nd Suspicious Package in Berkeley Today Rattles Cal Campus, No Danger
At the 3:55, the scene was cleared after the investigators determined that the package contained prepackaged coffee, said Troy Dickinson, a U.S. Postal Inspector.
Rateaver said the law enforcement response was standard for such situations.
"It's an inconvenience for a lot of people, but it's better to be safe than sorry in instances like this," he said.
Another suspicious object rattles UC Berkeley campus
Nearly three hours after the package was reported at La Note, UC Berkeley police summoned their bomb squad to respond to a suspicious object reported next to campus in front of Whelan's Smoke Shop on Bancroft. The area was closed to traffic and advisories to evacuate or shelter in place were issued for Sproul Hall and the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, according to campus police.
The object turned out to be a harmless suitcase, police said. For more details see 2nd Suspicious Package in Berkeley Today Rattles Cal Campus, No Danger.
Published Oct. 28, 2013, 4:28 p.m.; updated Oct. 29, 1:23 a.m.
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