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Suspicious box found at building

Daily Planet staff
Friday May 04, 2001


A suspicious looking package was discovered at an entrance of the Public Safety Building this morning prompting police to close two streets and evacuate employees to the North side of the building. 

At 8:15 a.m., the suspicious box containing a 12-inch toy car was discovered at the nighttime public entrance on the south side Safety Building. A note, that read “Adolph Hitler” was taped to the car. Police closed Martin Luther King Jr. Way from Allston Way to Addison Street and one block of Center Street to Milvia Street. 

Lt. Russell Lopes said the Berkeley Bomb Tech Squad was called in and they destroyed the package, considered a prank, using a specialized high-pressure water device.  

“The area was deemed secure by 10:15 a.m. and the roadways were reopened and everyone went back to work.” Lopes said.