Part of the San Jose State campus was cordoned off early Thursday evening as police used robot to investigate a suspicious package, but authorities said the package ended up being harmless.
The package was first reported shortly before 5 p.m. near Morris Daley Auditorium. San Jose police meet county bomb squad personnel at the scene and nearby Tower Hall was evacuated.
KTVU reporter Maureen Naylor was on the scene and said she heard a very loud explosion shortly before 6 p.m. It is not yet know if the explosion was made by authorities detonating the package as a safety measure.
Authorities later told KTVU the suspicious package appeared to be a book. While part of the campus remains closed for a time due to the investigation, the scare did not impact the scheduled San Jose State football game at Spartan Stadium.
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