UCPD lifts evacuation order for Sproul Plaza area

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UCPD gave the “all clear” for a previously issued evacuation in the Sproul Plaza area, according to a Nixle alert released Wednesday afternoon.

In a previous Nixle alert, UCPD said UCPD Explosives Ordnance Detection, or EOD, tech officers were investigating a suspicious package that was found in the southwest area of Sproul. UCPD issued an evacuation of Upper Sproul Plaza and Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union because of the package.

About 1:23 p.m., UCPD said that although the suspicious package has been removed from the area, the evacuation for Upper Sproul and the student union was still in effect. UCPD announced about 1:34 p.m., however, that the evacuation has been lifted and the area can now be re-entered.

According to UCPD spokesperson Sgt. Sabrina Reich, UCPD issued the evacuation because it received a report of a suspicious package that was left in the Amazon Store in the student union building about 12:24 p.m. EOD technicians, with the assistance of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a sweep of the area for any other suspicious packages.

“We determined the area was clear and the suspicious package was determined to be unfounded,” Reich said in an email. “The police activities did not appear to disrupt the rally that was still underway on Upper Sproul Plaza.”

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Chantelle Lee is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @ChantelleHLee.