A busy thoroughfare in downtown Berkeley was shut down and some businesses evacuated this briefly this afternoon as a bomb squad investigated a suspicious package, a police spokeswoman said.
The package was discovered shortly before noon on the east side of Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley police Officer Jennifer Coats said.
By 3:53 p.m., Shattuck Avenue was opened up to all traffic and pedestrians.
It had been shut down between Bancroft and Durant avenues.
Occupants of homes and businesses in the area were told to shelter in place.
The police department's bomb squad was called in, but determined there was no threat.