Part of San Leandro Evacuated in WWII Bomb Scare

After an evacuation and a road shutdown, the bomb squad removed the old bomb.

Friday, Dec 9, 2011  |  Updated 12:38 PM PDT
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WWII Bomb Scares East Bay City

Mark Leimbach

Oakland International Airport was also notified of the possible threat to aircraft.

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A section of San Leandro was evacuated and a main road in the city was closed for nearly two hours during rush hour Thursday evening after a 700-pound World War II-era bomb was found at a scrap metal yard, police said Friday.

Employees at ALCO Iron and Metal at 1091 Doolittle Drive contacted police around 4:15 p.m. Thursday to report the bomb, which was resting on top of a container marked "diesel fuel," police Sgt. Ted Henderson said.

The area surrounding the yard was quickly evacuated and Doolittle Drive was shut down between Adams Avenue and Williams Street. The nearby Oakland International Airport was also notified of the possible threat to aircraft.

Fortunately, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office bomb squad determined the bomb was authentic but inert, and removed it without incident, Henderson said.

"As you can imagine, shutting down a major thoroughfare such as Doolittle Drive at that time of day was a challenge," Henderson said. "However, all officers and dispatchers did an outstanding job to ensure our community remained safe during this incident."

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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