Mysterious Explosion Rattles Residential Street

Bay City News
Thursday October 22, 2009 - 09:21:00 AM

Berkeley police and fire officials are investigating an explosion a few blocks from the UC Berkeley campus Tuesday night. 

Neighbors called police at about 10:12 p.m. reporting an explosion that “set off car alarms and rattled windows,” Lt. Diane Delaney said. 

No one was injured in the blast, which occurred near Blake Street and Chilton Way, she said. Officers found a plastic jug containing some powder at the site. 

The Berkeley Fire Department’s hazardous materials team responded, along with the Police Department’s bomb disposal team. Investigators did not find anything else in the area, Delaney said. Teams took samples, cleaned up the area and are investigating the incident. 

Delaney said she did not have any details on what the substance might be, except that it was not hazardous to the officers who arrived to contain it.